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99% drug users seeking treatment are males and under 30 years: Study

99% drug customers looking for remedy are males and beneath 30 years: Study

This was present in a research printed within the Public Library of Science (PLOS One) titled ‘The characteristics and patterns of utilization of healthcare services among Omanis with substance use disorders attending therapy for cessation’.

According to Dr Nabila al Wahaibi, the principal author of the research, among the many sufferers looking for cessation remedy peer influences on the initiation of substance use had been vital. “Most patients had a history of polysubstance use, including intravenous substance use. Cannabis and alcohol were the first substances consumed by most patients,” she mentioned.

The research was carried out by a gaggle of researchers from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences on the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the Ministry of Health.

The cross-sectional research was carried out in a tertiary care centre (Al Masarra Hospital) which specialises within the remedy of these participating in substance use. The individuals had been chosen from a pattern of sufferers looking for session on the centre for alcohol and substance use. The analysis team that contributed to this work embody Dr Nabila, Dr Anwaar al Lawati, Falaah al Ruqeishy, Abdulla al Khatri, Yahya al Farsi, Tahira MA Juma, Fatma al Hinai, Dr Nasser al Sibani, Sangeetha Mahadevan and Samir al Adawi.

A six-part questionnaire was designed to acquire data relating to socio-demographic background, medical historical past, healthcare utilisation and perceived hurdles to entry.

The research explored the socio-demographic components, components associated to the initiation of substance use, sorts of substances used, co-morbid well being and psychiatric situations, healthcare utilisation and hurdles to accessing healthcare amongst individuals who use psychoactive substances in a remedy facility. Despite the supply of most typical compounds used for cessation remedy, for alcohol and psychoactive substance within the area, relapses are frequent. Dr Sibani, senior marketing consultant on the Department of Behavioural Medicine, SQU mentioned, “This study clearly indicates that people who have abused cannabis and benzodiazepines have better outcomes compared to those who were abusing heroin.”

According to Dr Anwaar males under 30 years had been extra vulnerable to drug dependancy. She added that on this research, most sufferers engaged in polysubstance use. Data from the World Health Organization reveals the prevalence of substance use within the Eastern Mediterranean area (which incorporates Oman) to be three,500/100,000 whereas the prevalence of intravenous substance use problems is at 172/100,000.

According to the 2017 report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the prevalence of injecting psychoactive substances has been estimated at zero.2 per cent of the inhabitants within the area outlined as ‘Near and the Middle East’ (which incorporates Oman). In the current research, roughly 67 per cent of the individuals admitted to having used intravenous substances.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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