This Essay provides a brief summary and evaluation of findings on the mental health and substance abuse consequences of the events of 9/11 throughout the nation and in United States' cities. It also presents new data obtained from clients who entered substance abuse treatment in New York and other cities either before 9/11 or during a six-month period following the events. This Essay discusses how best to interpret these varying research findings. It concludes that crisis produces many responses and most people just coped with 9/11 in their individual ways.
Patrick B. Johnson and Linda Richter,
The Impact of 9/11 and its Aftermath on Substance Use and Psychological Functioning: An Overview,
30 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1455
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