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Homeless drug users and information technology : A qualitative study with potential implications for recovery from drug dependence. / Neale, Joanne; Stevenson, Caral.

In: Substance Use and Misuse, Vol. 49, No. 11, 09.2014, p. 1465-1472.

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Neale, J & Stevenson, C 2014, 'Homeless drug users and information technology: A qualitative study with potential implications for recovery from drug dependence', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 49, no. 11, pp. 1465-1472. https://doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2014.912231

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Neale, J., & Stevenson, C. (2014). Homeless drug users and information technology: A qualitative study with potential implications for recovery from drug dependence. Substance Use and Misuse, 49(11), 1465-1472. https://doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2014.912231

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Neale J, Stevenson C. Homeless drug users and information technology: A qualitative study with potential implications for recovery from drug dependence. Substance Use and Misuse. 2014 Sep;49(11):1465-1472. https://doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2014.912231

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Neale, Joanne ; Stevenson, Caral. / Homeless drug users and information technology : A qualitative study with potential implications for recovery from drug dependence. In: Substance Use and Misuse. 2014 ; Vol. 49, No. 11. pp. 1465-1472.

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