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USE OF COCAINE IN NEW YORK IS CONTINUING AT PEAK LEVELS

Cocaine use in New York City still is near peak levels, but crack use appears to have leveled off and may be declining, a report from the state Division of Substance Abuse Services said Wednesday.

Cocaine-related hospital emergencies fell 27 percent in the first six months of 1990 when compared to the same period a year earlier, from 3,861 episodes to 2,830 episodes.

Meanwhile, admissions for treatment because of cocaine grew by 5 percent, to 5,745 admissions, over the same period, the report said. Those admissions increased 4 percent in 1989 and 5 percent in 1988.

The report said intravenous use of heroin is on the decline, largely because of fear of contracting AIDS, but heroin addicts have turned to snorting the drug instead.

Marijuana, although not as popular as it once was, still was the drug of choice in New York City, according to the report.

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