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Determination of substance overdose in two Iranian centers: Comparison between opioids and non-opioids

Taghaddosinejad, Fakhreddin and Arefi, Mohammad and Fayaz, Amir Farshid and Tanhaeivash, Roozbeh (2013) Determination of substance overdose in two Iranian centers: Comparison between opioids and non-opioids. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 20 (3). pp. 155-157. ISSN 1752928X

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Recently, new trend toward non-opioid substances is observed in Iran. This is, therefore, to compare overdose of opioids and non-opioids origin. We performed this investigation to provide more detailed information so that preventive actions are taken in future. Over 18 month, 1876 individuals with opioid (opium, heroin, compact-heroin, buprenorphine and opiates) or non-opioid (MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, hashish and cocaine) overdose were selected. They have been compared regarding sex, age, reason of overdose, method of substance use, occupation, marital status, history of addiction in parents/siblings, duration of hospital admission and educational level. There were 1782 and 94 persons with opioid and non-opioid, respectively. Inhalation was the method of choice and women were found to have more tendencies to hallucinogens rather opioids. Moreover, use of non-opioids was observed more in individuals with university education and moreover in whom none of whose parents/siblings was addict. Policies should be planned by the governments to prevent further addictions especially to non-opioids.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health
WX Hospital and other health Facilities
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: ePrint Admin Admin
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2013 04:51
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2013 04:51

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