Kerman University of Medical Sciences

Document Type: Original Article(s)

Authors

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Anesthesiologist, School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 General Practitioner, Medical Education Development Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

4 Senior Researcher, Neuroscience Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

Abstract

Background: Addiction is the repeated use of a chemical substance which affects the biological function of the brain and endangers physical health of the addicted person. Prevalence and pattern of taking drugs were assessed in the current study in a Special Cares Trauma Center. So the specialized physician could manage the medical procedure more easily through identification of addicted patients and type of their narcotics. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 545 patients admitted to the Special Cares Center of Shahid Bahonar Hospital, Kerman, Iran, during 2010-2012. The data were collected by special information collection forms and then analyzed using SPSS software. Findings: Among the total studied samples, around 55% of admitted patients were addicts. Opium was the most frequently used narcotic among the addicted patients with a percentage of 62%. Smoking was the most common method of taking the narcotics. 90% of addicted persons were male and 95% of them held diploma and under-diploma educational degrees. Among the reasons for admission of addicted patients to the Special Cares Clinic of Trauma Center, head trauma was the dominant cause (51%). Conclusion: Addiction is considerably more prevalent among the population admitted to the Special Cares Center compared to the society, indicating greater vulnerability of addicted individuals in the society. Addiction to traditional and indigenous drugs are still the most prevalent, and fortunately, these drugs are easier to substitute and medicate compared to the new industrial narcotics.   Keywords: Addiction, ICU, Trauma center