Effect of medical, drug abuse, and mental health care on receipt of dental care by drug users

Barbara J. Turner, Christine Laine, Abigail Cohen, Walter W. Hauck

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We examined the association of patterns of health care in 1996 with subsequent dental care in 1997 or 1998 for 47,260 drug users enrolled in New York State Medicaid. From Medicaid files, we identified psychiatric care, prescribed antidepressants, a regular source of medical care, regular drug treatment (6+ contiguous months), and clinical conditions. Of this cohort, 58% received dental care. The adjusted odds ratios (AOR) of dental care were increased for drug users receiving psychiatric care and antidepressants (1.66 [1.55, 1.77]), psychiatric care alone (1.48 [1.41, 1.56]), or only antidepressants (1.18 [1.10, 1.27]), vs. neither. AORs of dental care were also higher for those with a regular source of medical care alone (1.27 [1.23, 1.35]) or with regular drug treatment (1.33 [CI 1.25, 1.41]) vs. neither. Mental health care and, to a lesser extent, a regular source of medical care and regular drug treatment may promote dental care in this vulnerable population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-246
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Ambulatory care
  • Dental care
  • Drug abuse
  • HIV infection
  • Mental health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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