Analyses related to the development of DSM-5 criteria for substance use related disorders

Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 03/27/2012

Consistent with findings for alcohol, nicotine and cannabis, amphetamine, cocaine, sedative, tranquilizer and opioid abuse and dependence criteria reflect underlying unitary dimensions of severity. The legal problems criterion associated with each of these substance use disorders can be eliminated with no loss in informational value and an advantage of parsimony. Taken together, these findings support the changes to substance use disorder diagnoses recommended by the American Psychiatric Association's DSM–5 Substance and Related Disorders Workgroup.

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