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Drugs of abuse consumption in health professionals (physicians and nurses) from two outpatient services of first level attention in Bogota

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Author(s): Lara-Hidalgo Catalina | Vargas-Casas Gina Milena | Salcedo-Monsalve Alejandra

Journal: Revista Ciencias de la Salud
ISSN 1692-7273

Volume: 10;
Issue: Especial Toxicology;
Start page: 87;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: alcohol | drugs of abuse | medical staff | nurses | frequency | prevalence | alcohol drinking | occupational health | prevention and control.

ABSTRACT
We conducted a study to establish the prevalence of drugs of abuse consumption in physiciansand nurses in two health institutions in Bogota outpatient identify the frequency of consumption,to establish the prevalence of alcoholism using the CAGE questionnaire and explore the interestparticipate in prevention or reduction of consumption in the workplace. Materials and methods: Across-sectional study by applying an anonymous survey. Results: There were 58 questionnaires (38in physicians and 20 nurses). The substances most consumed in both groups were alcohol, cigarettesand energy drinks, followed on medical by marijuana in nursing followed by barbiturates, antidepressants,amphetamines and opiates. The prevalence of alcoholism was greater than 8% in bothgroups. 58% of physicians and 70% of nurses would participate in the design of occupational healthprograms to reduce the consumption of psychoactive substances. Conclusions: The use of drugs ofabuse is higher that found in the literature for most of the substances in the general population andis similar to the revised health personnel. It recommends the formulation and implementation ofcorporate policy within the framework of occupational health work of these institutions, aimed atreducing and preventing the consumption of psychoactive substances.
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