Volume 22, Issue 5 (Dec - Jan 2018)                   J Qazvin Univ Med Sci 2018, 22(5): 26-35 | Back to browse issues page


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1- Student Research Committee, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
2- Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
3- Metabolic Diseases Research Center, School of Medicine, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
4- Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran , mohammadi1508@gmail.com
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Background: Drug abuse is one of the most important global issue that has become a psychological, social, and family disaster.
Objective: The present study was aimed to determine the causes of substance abuse in the elderly.
Methods: In this descriptive cross-sectional study, 120 addicted elderly people referred to addiction treatment centers of Qazvin, Iran were selected by convenience sampling in 2017. The demographic and researcher-made substance abuse tendency questionnaires were applied for data collection. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics including frequency, percentage, mean and standard deviation.
Findings: The mean age and age of the onset of drug abuse were 58.83±8.91 and 34.44±13.37 years, respectively. The majority of the elderly were male (113 subjects, 94.1%), and 102 (85.1%) elders were married. Opium was the most common abused drug (75.8%) and more than half of them (64.2%) experienced drug discontinuation. Environmental factors were the important reason of intendancy towards drug abuse among elderly people.
Conclusion: In this study, the most important reason of drug abuse in the elderly people was environmental factors that were consisted; easy access to drug, lack of sports and recreational facilities and the presence of addicted friends.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Community Medicine

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