Li-Tzy Wu

Publications [#194058] of Li-Tzy Wu

Journal Articles

  1. BE Perron, BK Ahmedani, MG Vaughn, JE Glass, A Abdon, LT Wu, Use of Salvia divinorum in a nationally representative sample., The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse, vol. 38 no. 1 (January, 2012), pp. 108-13, ISSN 1097-9891 [doi]
    (last updated on 2013/06/01)

    Abstract:
    BACKGROUND: Salvia divinorum has known hallucinogenic effects and is legal in most parts of the United States. Given that this psychoactive substance has a potential of misuse and abuse, further data regarding the clinical and psychosocial factors associated with use are needed. OBJECTIVE: To examine the clinical and psychosocial characteristics associated with use of salvia. METHODS: The study uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2008 (N = 55,623). RESULTS: The results of this study suggest that salvia use is most common among young adults aged 18-25 years as well as individuals who had engaged in risk-taking behaviors (selling illicit drugs, stealing) or illicit drug use (especially other hallucinogens/ecstasy). Self-reported depression and anxiety were also associated with salvia use. CONCLUSIONS/SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE: The results provide evidence that salvia use is part of a broader constellation of psychosocial and behavioral problems among youth and young adults. The accessibility, legal status, and psychoactive effects of salvia can be a potentially complicating health risk to young people, especially among those with existing substance use problems.

    Keywords:
    Adolescent • Adult • Age Factors • Female • Hallucinogens • Humans • Male • Risk-Taking • Salvia* • Self Report • Substance-Related Disorders • administration & dosage* • epidemiology*