Addiction and Health

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Publisher: Kerman, Kerman University of Medical Sciences

Print ISSN: 2008-4633

Online ISSN: 2008-8469



Number of Issues: 30

Number of Articles: 273

Update date:  2020/02/18

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Correlates of Alcohol Consumption and Drug Injection among Homeless Youth: A Case Study in the Southeast of Iran

Abolfazl Hosseinnataj; Abbas Bahrampour; Mohammad Reza Baneshi; Samira Poormorovat; Glayol Ardalan; Farzaneh Zolala; Naser Nasiri; Jasem Zarei; Ghazal Mousavian; Abedin Iranpour; Hamid Sharifi

Addiction and Health, Volume 11, Issue 4, Pages 207-215

Background: Alcohol use and drug injection are prevalent among homeless youths. The aim of this study wasto identify the associated factors of alcohol consumption and drug injection among homeless youths aged18-29 years.Methods: Data on 202 homeless youths (111 males and 91 females) were collected using a standardizedquestionnaire and face-to-face interview. Lasso logistic regression was applied to determine the impact ofassociated factors on alcohol consumption and drug injection.Findings: The mean age of the participants was 26.30 ± 3.19 years. Also, the prevalence of alcoholconsumption and drug injection was 33.0% [95% confidence interval (CI): 30-36] and 4.0% (95% CI: 0-8),respectively; 6 people (3.0%) consumed alcohol and injected drugs at the same time. Correlates of alcoholconsumption and drug injection were male sex [odds ratio (OR)Alc = 5.7], age (ORAlc = 0.96 and ORDI = 0.98),bachelor or higher education level (ORAlc = 1.34), non-Iranian nationality (ORAlc = 0.05 and ORDI = 0.18),food score (ORDI = 0.92), smoking (ORAlc = 2.05), substance use (ORAlc = 1.12), opposite sex relationship(ORAlc = 1.6), homosexual relationship (ORAlc = 3.56 and ORDI = 2.69), and mental disorder (ORAlc = 0.99).Conclusion: Based on our findings, it seems that the homeless youth are more desired to use alcohol and druginjection, whereas the prevalence of alcohol consumption and drug injection in homeless youth was higherthan general youth population in Iran. Therefore, some suitable solutions are needed to prevent thehomelessness. Also, the effective variables that were identified in this study for alcohol use and drug injectioncan help design and implement beneficial interventions.

Role of Opioid System in Empathy-like Behaviours in Rats

Masoud Nazeri; Akram Nezhadi; Mohammad Shabani

Addiction and Health, Volume 11, Issue 4, Pages 216-222
DOI: .org/10.22122/ahj.v11i4.243

Background: Empathy is defined as the ability to simulate the mental states of others. Recent studies havedemonstrated empathy-like behaviors in other animals including rats and mice. The objective of the currentstudy was to evaluate the effect of acute administration of morphine and naloxone on cognition andnociception changes following observing conspecifics undergoing nociceptive stimulus.Methods: Adult male Wistar rats were used (n = 8 for each group). One cagemate received formalin injectioninto the hindpaw five times within a nine-day period and the other cagemate observed the pain while beingpretreated with saline, morphine, or naloxone [10 mg/kg, intraperitoneal (i.p.)]. Pain behaviors, anxiety-likebehaviour, locomotion, balance and muscle strength were evaluated in the observer animals.Findings: Observing a cagemate in pain increased anxiety-like behavior and reduced thermal pain threshold in theobserver animals. Administration of morphine reversed these effects and naloxone did not affect the responses.Conclusion: Results of the current study reveal an important role for opioid receptors (ORs) in empathy forpain, so that activation of this system dampens the empathy-like responses.

Comparing Medical Comorbidities Between Opioid and Cocaine Users: A Data Mining Approach

Yong-Mi Kim

Addiction and Health, Volume 11, Issue 4, Pages 223-233
DOI: org/10.22122/ahj.v11i4.242

Background: Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are instrumental in controlling opioid misuse,but opioid users have increasingly shifted to cocaine, creating a different set of medical problems. Whileopioid use results in multiple medical comorbidities, findings of the existing studies reported singlecomorbidities rather than a set, and furthermore, those findings are often conflicting because of the lack ofcontrolling for other substances in the analysis when combined use of substance creates synergistic effects.On the other hand, the findings from cocaine use are mainly related to kidney and heart problems, which lackspecificity. Because medical comorbidities from opioid and cocaine use are very different, it is imperative toinvestigate medical comorbidities from opioids and cocaine in order to minimize negative effects fromPDMPs. Therefore, this study attempts to discover sets of medical comorbidities from opioid and cocaine useby controlling for other substances in the analysis.Methods: A data mining technique, association rule mining algorithm, was employed to discover sets ofmedical comorbidities using electronic medical records. This method is ideal to discover co-occurringmedical comorbidities.Findings: Opioid use was associated with a set of [high diastolic blood pressure (DBP), abnormal specificgravity], [high body mass index (BMI), low blood gas] among others. Cocaine use correlated with [highcreatine kinase (CK), high blood urea nitrogen (BUN)], [high CK, cardiopulmonary] among others.Conclusion: The findings of this study addresses some of the conflicting findings by eliminating multidrugand reports sets of medical comorbidities from opioid and cocaine use

Internet Addiction and the Psychometric Properties of the Nine-item Internet Disorder Scale–Short Form: An Application of Rasch Analysis

Abdulbari Bener; Mark D Griffiths; Nuket Guler Baysoy; Funda Catan; Eray Yurtseven

Addiction and Health, Volume 11, Issue 4, Pages 234-242
DOI: org/10.22122/ahj.v11i4.247

Background: The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of disordered internet use amongadolescent university students and its association with various health complaints and behaviours, and mostimportantly to examine the psychometric properties of 9-item Internet Disorder Scale-Short Form (IDS9-SF)using factor analyses and Rasch analysis.Methods: A total of 1988 university students aged 18 to 25 years were selected via a multi-stage stratifiedrandom sampling technique among university students in Istanbul, Turkey (September 2017 to February2018). Data collected included socio-demographics, lifestyle and dietary habits, and the 9-item IDS9-SF.Statistical analysis included descriptive statistics, multivariate analyses, factor analyses, path analysis, andRasch analysis.Findings: Using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), the study investigated the latent structure of the IDS9-SFinstrument and results supported its reliability and validity. The prevalence of disordered internet use was18.3% in the sample. There were significant differences between those who had disordered internet use andthose who did not in gender, family income, school performance, number of bedrooms at home, and numberof people living at home, as well as internet use duration. Using multivariate regression analysis, keypredictors of disordered internet use included (among others): gender, body mass index (BMI), householdincome, number of people living at home, having a computer at home, internet facilities, duration of internetuse, sleeping hours, frequency of eating fast food, watching television, headache, hurting eyes, tired eyes, andhearing problems. Rash analysis demonstrated that four of the nine items (2, 3, 6, and 7) were more difficultfor individuals to endorse compared to other items.Conclusion: Problems arising from excessive internet use were apparent among the study sample and theIDS9-SF is a valid and reliable measure for assessing disordered internet use among Turkish adolescentpopulation

The experiences of people who quit khat and the health care professionals who support them

Suhana Begum; Angeliki Bogosian; Hayley McBain

Addiction and Health, Volume 11, Issue 4, Pages 243-255
DOI: org/10.22122/ahj.v11i4.246

Background: This study aimed to explore the barriers and enablers to quitting khat from the perspective ofusers and the barriers and enablers to supporting users to quit from the perspective of healthcareprofessionals (HCPs).Methods: The present qualitative study was conducted using semi-structured interviews and the TheoreticalDomains Framework (TDF) to collect and analyse data.Findings: Overall, 10 khat users and 3 professionals were interviewed. Beliefs about the consequences ofcontinued use facilitated user’s decisions to quit. Social influences were both a barrier and an enabler. Forprofessionals, the social influence of other colleagues and working together was key in enabling them tosupport clients. Social/professional role and identity was also an important enabler, as professionals sawsupporting users to quit as an integral part of their role. A range of behaviour change techniques wasidentified as potential ways in which quitting attempts could be more successful, from the perspective ofusers and professionals.Conclusion: The study reveals the complexity of khat chewing and quitting from the perspective of khat users,such as the varied influence of family and friends. It also identifies the many barriers and enablers thatprofessionals experience when supporting individuals to quit, such as working with other professionals.There is little evidence for the effectiveness of current services provided for quitting khat or little informationoutlining how they were developed. Current services would benefit from evaluating the effectiveness of theinterventions using established methodology. Recommendations have been provided for practice in the fieldof substance misuse.

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