1 INDICATORS OF ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ABUSE FY Prepared by: California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs Office of Applied Research and Analysis
2 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Table of Contents Introduction Consumption of Alcohol and Other Drugs State Estimates of Past Month Substance Use California Apparent Per Capita Ethanol Consumption Consequences of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Diagnosed Cases of AIDS and Serum Hepatitis (Type B) Alcohol and Other Drug-related Hospitalizations Emergency Department (ED) Visits Linked Crash Medical Outcomes Data Motor Vehicle Collisions Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Criminal Justice Alcohol and Other Drug-related Arrests Drug Commitments to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Drug Seizures in California Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Admissions Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Client Characteristics Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Discharges Population and Fiscal Data Appendix California Population Estimates Public Funding for Substance Abuse Treatment Services Street Value of Drugs Seized in California by Drug Category and County.....Appendix A
3 1 Introduction The present report is developed annually by Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP), Office of Applied Research and Analysis (OARA). The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of alcohol and drug use in California using selected indicators. More specifically, this report will provide a summary of the patterns of consumption and consequences related to alcohol and other drugs (AOD), in addition to providing information on persons receiving AOD treatment services through publicly monitored programs. This report meets the requirements set forth by California Health and Safety Code section (p). The data discussed in this report generally covers a five year period for each of the indicators discussed. For example, at the time of this document s creation, the most recent data available from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) was from 28-29, where as the most recent data available from ADP s data collection system, CalOMS Tx, is from state fiscal year 29/1. When applicable, population changes are reported in terms of per capita rates. California Department of Finance (http://www.dof.ca.gov/research/demographic) estimates were used to calculate rates. To report consistent rates over a five year period, population estimates were utilized for each report year, including 21 data. Additions Two new data sources are included in the current report. California s Crash Medical Outcomes Data (CMOD) links data from police traffic crash records to medical data. Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) was created by the U.S. Department of Transportation s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and provides estimates of alcohol/drug related motor vehicle crashes. These data are presented in Chapters 3 and 4, respectively. Other Changes Counts of newly reported AIDS cases associated with exposure category injection drug use were not available during the time this report was developed. Drug seizure data are presented for the first time here, and include the street values of drugs seized for six major drug types. Finally, a list of the most prevalent drugs seized for each county in California has been added in Chapter 5. Data Sources The data presented here were taken from the following California and federal agencies. 1. California agencies: California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; California Department of Finance; California Highway Patrol; California Office of Attorney General, and the California Department of Public Health. 2. Federal agencies: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Division of Biometry and Epidemiology; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality; U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
4 2 Consumption of Alcohol and Other Drugs State Estimates of Past Month Substance Use Estimates of alcohol and illicit drug use in California come from data in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The survey collects information on alcohol use and the use of nine different categories of illicit drugs (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, and nonmedical use of prescription-type pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives). NSDUH combines data from the sample of Californians across two years to improve the accuracy of estimates for the state and 15 substate regions. State level data are presented below. Estimates are also available for California s 15 substate regions. The most recent data is from the combined surveys. Trends are generated from data over the most recently available five-year period. Figure 2.1. Percent of Alcohol and Other Drug Use in the Past 3 Days among Adults and Youth Ages 12 and Above, California, Alcohol Binge Drinking 4 Marijuana Percent Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana Year Note. Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking 5 or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least one day in the past 3 days. Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana include cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
5 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Between 25-29, alcohol has consistently ranked as the substance most often used by Californians 12 years of age and older. Fifty one percent of California s population used alcohol in the past month compared to 52% of the U.S. population. The trend for binge drinking during the past month has slightly increased between 25 and 29. Past 3-day marijuana use increased slightly between 25 and 29, from 6.7% to 7.7%. Illicit drug use other than marijuana has remained stable over the past five years. Figure 2.2. Percent of Illicit Drug Use in the Past 3 Days by Age Group, California Compared and the US, U.S. California Percent Years Years 26 and Older Age Note. Illicit Drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 28-9.
6 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Figure 2.3. Percent of Alcohol Use in the Past 3 Days by Age Group, California and the US, U.S. California Percent Years Years 26 and Older Age Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, year olds reported using alcohol and other drugs more often than other age groups year olds were twice as likely to use illicit drugs compared to the other age groups. Approximately 1% percent of year old Californians used illicit drugs in the past month, a percentage slightly higher than the U.S. average Across all age groups, Californians report using alcohol more frequently than other drugs. California Apparent Per Capita Alcohol Consumption Apparent per capita consumption of ethanol (pure alcohol) is estimated using sales and tax receipt data on alcoholic beverages sold by manufacturers, importers, or wholesalers in California for distribution within the state. The term apparent consumption is used because this measure does not capture when the retail sale is made or when the consumption of the alcoholic beverage occurs. An ethanol conversion coefficient (i.e., percent of ethanol for each beverage type) is applied to the number of gallons of beer, wine, and distilled spirits sold to determine the proportion of pure alcohol for each type of beverage. State population estimates for persons ages 14 and older are used as the denominator to calculate the per capita consumption figures.
7 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Figure 2.4. Per Capita Ethanol Consumption, California, Beer.8 Wine Gallons per 1, Population.6.4 Distilled Spirits Year Source: Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System. LaVallee, R.A.; Williams, G.D.; and Yi, H. Surveillance Report #87: Apparent Per Capita Alcohol Consumption: National, State, and Regional Trends, Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research (September 29). Overall alcohol consumption in California was estimated to be approximately 2.34 gallons per capita in 28. Beer consumption remained fairly steady between 25 and 29 at approximately 1 gallon per capita. Consumption of distilled spirits and wine increased in this period.
8 3 Consequences of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse AOD abuse often leads to negative consequences such as disease, drug poisonings, injuries, motor vehicle accidents resulting from driving under the influence, violence associated with involvement in the drug trade, and sometimes death. Substance use impacts the community on several levels; there are substantial AOD-related costs involved with the criminal justice and health care system. The following data reflect selected consequence indicators for AOD use/abuse in California. Health Indicators Diagnosed Cases of AIDS and Serum Hepatitis (Type B) Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a diagnosis associated with a set of symptoms and infections resulting from damage to the human immune system caused by a virus called the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Serum Hepatitis (Type B) is an inflammation of the liver, usually accompanied by fever and other systemic manifestations. The reporting physician makes a diagnosis of either Type A or B. Both homosexual males and users of illicit injectable drugs are among the groups reporting the highest rate of Type B. The link between Substance Use Disorders and roles of infection for HIV and other blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B has been documented for some time. Drug abuse can also lead to poor health outcomes by increasing risky or impulsive behavior among addicted persons, such as sharing of drug paraphernalia (e.g., needles) by injecting drug users, thereby lowering susceptibility to HIV and other immune-related diseases. The Office of AIDS at the California Department of Public Health (DPH) maintains a confidential, central registry of demographic and clinical information on all reported California HIV infections and AIDS cases. The Immunization Branch at DPH collects and publishes information on vaccinepreventable diseases in California, including Hepatitis B. Reported newly diagnosed cases for both AIDS and Hepatitis B are presented in Figure 3.1.
9 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Figure 3.1. Number of New AIDS and Hepatitis B Cases Reported Per Year, California, AIDS Number 2 Hepatitis B Year Note. In 28, HIV/AIDS cases are higher than previous years because of the name-based system change: in April 26, HIV case totals are based on HIV cases reported by name; prior to April 26, HIV cases are non-name based. Source: California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, HIV/AIDS Surveillance Section, January 212; California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch, December 211. Overall, the number of new AIDS cases in California has decreased by 41% from 26 to 21 (3,893 to 2,296 cases, respectively). Similarly, the number of acute Hepatitis B cases has decreased 41% from 26 through 21, (428 to 252 cases, respectively). Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Hospitalizations ADP uses information collected by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to determine the number of AOD-related inpatient hospitalizations among California residents. OSHPD collects inpatient data from all licensed hospitals in California including general acute care, acute psychiatric care, chemical dependency recovery, and psychiatric health facilities, and then produces annual hospital inpatient discharge files. Each annual file includes a record for each hospital discharge, therefore the file may contain multiple records for the same individual if they were hospitalized more than once during the year. Each individual patient discharge record contains demographic, clinical, payer, and facility information. The clinical information is recorded in a principal diagnostic code and up to 24 other diagnostic codes using the International Classification of Diseases, 9 th Edition, Clinical Manual (ICD-9-CM). The principal diagnosis is the condition established to be the chief cause of the patient s admission to the facility for care.
10 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Principal Codes Analysis of Hospitalizations AOD-related inpatient hospitalizations are included in this analysis if the patient record contains either a principal diagnostic code or principal E-code mention indicating the presence of alcohol or other drug abuse and dependence. Using only the principal codes provide a conservative estimate of the number of hospitalizations related to AOD use. The AOD related codes include mental/behavioral disorders, physical disorders, and poisonings. Psychotropic drugs used primarily for treating mental health problems (e.g., anti-depressants) are excluded. Annual hospital inpatient discharge files may contain multiple records for the same individual if they were hospitalized more than once during the year. Often the drugs patients use are not specified in the hospital discharge record. Therefore, the data shown in this report do not fully describe the extent of the specific AOD problems that exist in the hospital population, but are included as a conservative estimate of the toll AOD use has on health. A small proportion of records have both a principal Alcohol and a principal Other Drug related ICD-9-CM code for the same hospital visit. These records are counted separately for each analysis. For example, if a patient is hospitalized for an opiate overdose (the principal diagnosis), the record is counted. However, if a patient is hospitalized with a principal diagnosis of a broken arm, but is also drug dependent (one of the other diagnoses), the record is not counted. Figure 3.2. Rates of Hospital Discharges for Persons with a Principal Diagnosis Related to Alcohol or Other Drugs, California, Rate per 1, Alcohol Other Drugs Year Source: Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Hospital Discharge Data. Prepared by: Safe and Active Communities Branch, California Department of Public Health, August 211. From 25 through 29, the rates for alcohol-related hospitalizations per 1, are higher than for other drugs. In 29, the rates were 95.2 versus 79.3, respectively. Alcohol rates slightly increased through 28 then decreased in 29.
11 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Rates for other drug hospitalizations remained relatively flat over the five year period. Figure 3.3. Top Three Alcohol-related Hospital Discharge Diagnoses, California, Rate per 1, Alcohol Psychoses Alcohol Dependence Alcoholic Liver Disease Year Source: Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Hospital Discharge Data. Prepared by: Safe and Active Communities Branch, California Department of Public Health, August 211. The rate of hospitalizations related to alcohol psychoses increased while the rates of hospitalizations for alcoholic liver disease and alcohol dependence decreased from 25 through 29.
12 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Figure 3.4. Rates per 1, of Hospital Discharges with Principal Diagnoses Related to Other Drugs by Substances, California, Rate per 1, Opioids Amphetamines Cocaine Cannabis Hallucinogens Year Source: Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Hospital Discharge Date. Prepared by: Safe and Active Communities Branch, California Department of Public Health, August 211. Opioids dominated hospitalizations due to drugs other than alcohol. The overall rate of hospitalizations due to opioids was fairly stable from 25 through 27, peaked during 28, and decreased slightly during 29. Rates for amphetamines trended downward from 25 through 29, and rates for other substances decreased slightly or remained flat. Emergency Department (ED) Visits OSHPD started collecting ED data in 25, but only collected a partial year of data; therefore, data shown are for 26 through 29. The same methodology is used as in the analysis of hospitalizations previously described.
13 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Figure 3.5. Rates of ED Visits for Persons with Principal Diagnoses Related to Alcohol or Other Drugs, California, Rate per 1, Alcohol Other Drugs Year Source: Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Emergency Department Data. Prepared by: Safe and Active Communities Branch, California Department of Public Health, August 211. Rates for alcohol-related ED visits were over twice as high as those for other drugs from 26 through 29. In 29, there were 28 per 1, California population of alcohol related ED visits and 121 per 1, California population for other drugs ED visits. Rates for both groups increased from 26 through 29.
14 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Figure 3.6. Rates of ED Visits by Principal Diagnoses for Other Drugs by Substance, California, Rate per 1, Opioids Amphetamines Cocaine Cannabis Hallucinogens Year Source: Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Emergency Department Data. Prepared by: Safe and Active Communities Branch, California Department of Public Health, August 211. As was true for hospitalizations, rates of ED visits for other drugs were dominated by opioids, which increased substantially from 17.1% in 26 to 22.3% in 29. Rates for amphetamines were intermediate in magnitude and decreased through 28, but increased in 29. Rates decreased for cocaine and increased for cannabis from 26 through 29. Linked Crash Medical Outcomes Data California s Crash Medical Outcomes Data (CMOD) project is modeled on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES). The CMOD project links data from police traffic crash records (i.e., scene investigations) to medical data (emergency departments and hospitalizations). For the purpose of this report, only ED visits are provided since there are some duplicate cases among hospitalization cases and ED cases (i.e., some hospitalization cases include individuals who had been treated in an emergency department). The data presented below cannot be used to describe all crashes or all injuries because the linked data do not include all cases. For 27, 56% of motor vehicle collision records linked to a medical record and 44% did not. There are valid reasons why some records do not link. Some crash victims are never treated in a hospital or emergency department. In other cases, records do not have enough information for a positive match. The value of a linked data set is that it can be used to show how a victim's medical outcome depends on the characteristics of the person (such as age) and the circumstances of the crash (such as alcohol-related collision). The medical data is from the California
15 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Department of Public Health s OSHPD database and police motor vehicle collision records are from California Highway Patrol (CHP) SWITRS Reports. Query reports can be found here: Figure 3.7. Number of Non-fatal Emergency Department Visits Involving Alcohol-related Crashes, California, Male Female Number Age (Years) Figure 3.8. Number of Non-fatal Emergency Department Visits Involving Drug-related Crashes, California, Male Female Number Age (Years) Source: California Department of Public Health, Crash Medical Outcomes Data. Prepared by: Injury Surveillance and Epidemiology Section, Safe and Active Communities Branch, CDPH. Report generated from on: January 6, 212.
16 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Overall, when comparing ED visits resulting from alcohol- and other drug-involved collisions, the number of ED visits is much higher for alcohol involved crashes than drug involved collisions, 14,455 and 87, respectively. More specifically, the number of alcohol-involved collision ED visits is 17 times greater than other drug-involved collision ED visits. The number of ED visits for both alcohol and drug related collisions are greater for males than females. For alcohol related collisions, the number of ED visits were highest for year old males followed by year old males. In contrast, the number of female ED visits involving alcohol collisions was highest for year olds followed by year old females. A different trend emerges for ED visits involving drug-related crashes. Specifically, the number of ED visits was highest for year old males followed by year old males. For females, the number of ED visits involving drug-related collisions was highest for women years old. Women between 15-2 and years old tied in the second highest number of ED visits involving drug-related crashes.
17 4 Motor Vehicle Collisions Alcohol-related Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Collisions There are two sources of statewide data that document alcohol and other drug traffic-related consequences: California s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) and the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). SWITRS includes information on all motor-vehicle collisions, whereas FARS focuses on fatal collisions only and provides toxicology results of blood alcohol levels. Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) The data provided on alcohol-involved motor vehicle collisions comes from the SWITRS operated by the California Highway Patrol in partnership with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The database includes all property-damage and injury crashes investigated by police in all California jurisdictions. Figure 4.1. Fatal Collisions and Persons Killed in Alcohol-involved Motor Vehicle Collisions, California, Number 1 Fatal Collisions Persons Killed Year Source: 29 Annual Report of Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions; California Department of Highway Patrol. Retrieved from July 211. In 29, 1,263 people were estimated to have died in alcohol-related motor vehicle collisions. Since 26, the numbers of alcohol-involved fatal collisions and persons killed in these accidents have steadily decreased.
18 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) In 1975, the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created FARS, which provides annual estimates of alcohol/drug involvement (of the driver) for all motor vehicle crashes on public roads that result in the death of an occupant of a vehicle or a nonmotorist within 3 days of the crash. The data system allows comparisons over time and among local jurisdictions. Data are gathered from several sources (e.g., police reports, coroners reports, EMS, hospitals, and others) and are combined to ensure corroborated and complete information coded with strong quality control. Table 4.1. Number of Persons Killed in Alcohol-related Crashes by Driver s Blood Alcohol Concentration and Age, California, 29 Age (Years) Blood Alcohol Concentration a (BAC) < Unknown 3 Total Note. Excludes individuals for whom BAC level was. % and those for whom BAC level was not ascertained. a Grams per deciliter. Source: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Retrieved August 211 from According to FARS data, approximately 1,184 persons were killed in 29 in alcohol-related traffic collisions. Overall, over five times as many deaths occurred in collisions where the driver s BAC was.8 and above than in collisions where the driver s BAC was between.1 to.7 gm/dl. o This consequence was most apparent for adults between years old almost 6 times as many deaths occurred when drivers BAC was greater than.8 than in collisions where drivers had less to drink.
19 5 Criminal Justice Alcohol and Other Drug-related Arrests AOD-related arrests occur when persons are taken into custody because they are believed to have violated alcohol or other drug laws. Alcohol law violations include driving-under-the-influence, public drunkenness, and liquor law infractions. Drug law violations include arrests for narcotics (heroin, opium, etc.), marijuana, dangerous drugs (barbiturates, phencyclidine, etc.), and other drugs. Arrest data are only one indicator of the magnitude and nature of the AOD problem. Arrests may reflect the level of resources (e.g. funding, staff) and attention (e.g. governmental priority) devoted to addressing a problem more than the underlying problem itself. However, arrest data provide a useful indication of the actual impact of AOD on the criminal justice system. Monthly Arrest and Citation Register (MACR) contains information on juvenile (i.e., those between 1-17 years old) and adult (those 18 years and older) arrests throughout the state. The following tables and figures display juvenile and adult felony and misdemeanor arrests for AOD offenses. Figure 5.1. Adult and Juvenile Alcohol 1 and Drug-Related 2 Arrests, California, Rate Per 1, Adult Alcohol Related Adult Drug Related Juvenile Drug Related Juvenile Alcohol Related Year Note. Juvenile arrest rate per 1, California residents aged 1-17 years old. Adult arrest rate per 1, California residents aged years old. 1 Alcohol arrests include DUI, public intoxication, and liquor law violations. 2 Drug-related arrests include felony drug offenses, marijuana and other drug misdemeanors, and glue sniffing. Source: Adult and Juvenile Arrests Reported, 29; Criminal Justice Statistics Center, California Office of the Attorney General.
20 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY Overall, alcohol arrest rates were greater than drug arrest rates for adults. In 29, the rate for alcohol arrests was 13 per 1, and the rate for other drugs was 9 per 1,. Overall, for 1-17 year old juveniles, drug arrest rates (~ 5 per 1, juveniles) were approximately two times greater than alcohol arrest rates (2 to 2.6 per 1,). In contrast, alcohol arrest rates increased through 28 and dropped slightly in 29 whereas drug arrest rates declined steadily. Figure 5.2. Rate (per 1,) of Adult 1 Misdemeanor and Felony Drug Offense Arrests, California, DUI Misdemeanor Public Intoxication Misdemeanor Liquor Law Misdemeanor Marijuana Misdemeanor Rate per 1, Marijuana Felony Narcotics Felony Dangerous Drugs Felony Misdemeanor 1 Felony Note. DUI: Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or the combination of alcohol and drugs (the vast majority of arrests are for alcohol). Marijuana Felony: Possession, possession for sale etc. Narcotics: Plant derivatives such as heroin, cocaine, etc. Dangerous Drugs Felony: Manufactured drugs such as barbiturates, phencyclidine, methamphetamines, etc. 1 Adult arrest rate per 1, California residents aged years old. Source: Adult and Juvenile Arrests Reported, 29; Criminal Justice Statistics Center, California Office of the Attorney General. The primary adult drug offense arrests were attributable to alcohol; specifically the majority of arrests were for driving under the influence (n = 23,879) and public intoxication (n = 112,46). There were 113, felony adult arrests (~44/1,) in 29; that year, dangerous drugs account for 48% of all felony drug offense arrests and narcotics accounted for an additional 38%. Drug Commitments from Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Drug commitments from CDCR reflect a count of persons committed to adult correctional facilities for a felony drug conviction. Data in this category represent first commitments for youth sent to the Division of Juvenile Justice facilities for drug offenses. A youth falls into this category when they commit a felony drug offense as shown in Figure 5.4.
21 Indicators of Alcohol and Drug Abuse FY These commitments are significantly lower than the counts of arrests for alcohol and drug-related offenses, due in part to the lower percentage of felony offenses committed and the number of cases that actually reach the sentencing stage. Figure 5.3 Number of Persons in CDCR System Due to Drug-related Felonies, California , 38,86 36,73 34,266 32,169 31,948 3, Number 2, 1, Year Source: Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Offender Information Services Branch, Estimates and Statistical Analysis Section, Data Analysis Unit: California Prisoners and Parolees Annual Report, Highlight The number of persons serving time in the CDCR decreased 16% between 26 and 21. Figure 5.4. Number of Juveniles in CDCR s Division of Juvenile Justice Due to Drug-related Felonies, California, Number Year Source: Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Offender Information Services Branch, Estimates and Statistical Analysis Section, Data Analysis Unit: California Prisoners and Parolees Annual Report, 29-1.
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