Characteristics of Freebase Cocaine Psychosis.

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Title: Characteristics of Freebase Cocaine Psychosis.
Author: Manschreck, Theo Clyde; Laughery, Judy A.; Weisstein, C. Cecily; Allen, David; Humblestone, Brian; Neville, Michael; Podlewski, Henry; Mitra, Nina

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Citation: Manschreck, Theo C., Judy A. Laughery, C. Cecily Weisstein, David Allen, Brian Humblestone, Michael Neville, Henry Podlewski, and Nina Mitra. 1988. Characteristics of freebase cocaine psychosis. The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 61 (2): 115-122.
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Abstract: Psychosis was present in 29 percent of cocaine-disordered patients hospitalized in 1985 during an epidemic of freebase cocaine abuse in the Bahamas. Record reviews revealed that a variety of psychotic phenomenologic patterns were present. Prior major mental disorders and increased dosage of cocaine were more common among psychotic than non-psychotic patients. Violent behavior was common among cocaine patients, especially those with psychosis. We conclude that freebase cocaine psychosis is neither rare nor benign.
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