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July 7, 1993

Race and Crack Cocaine-Reply

Author Affiliations

The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health Baltimore, Md
National Institute on Drug Abuse Baltimore, Md

JAMA. 1993;270(1):46. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510010051023

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In Reply.  —We are very pleased with the responses to our article in which we reported no association between race/ethnicity and prevalence of crack cocaine smoking, once neighborhood characteristics were held constant by poststratification. We agree with the comments of Dr Adebimpe that it is important to determine the role of socioeconomic and demographic factors, which can be confounded with racial and ethnic status, in order to avoid misinterpretation of the data. We believe he is correct in calling for attention to these issues whenever prevalence rates for racial and ethnic groups are presented.Gfroerer et al have expressed a belief that the methods we used in our analysis did not take into account the complex sampling procedures used in the National Household Survey, thus biasing our conclusions. We are well acquainted with these national survey procedures, and we respectfully disagree with their contention that our tabular data show any