Illicit Drug Use and its Correlations Among Hookah Users in Khalil Abad, Northeast of Iran

Document Type: Original Article

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1 PhD Student in Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

2 PhD of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Maragheh University of Medical Sciences, Maragheh, Iran

3 MSc in Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences, Neyshabur, Iran and PhD Student in Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

4 BSc of public health, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

5 MSc student of occupational health, Shahid Beheshti University of medical sciences, Tehran, Iran

6 MSc of epidemiology, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

Abstract

Background and aims: One of the most important problems of public health is illicit drug use. The aim of this study was to assess the status of illicit drug use and associated factors among hookah smokers in Khalil Abad city in 2015. Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted in Khalil Abad city (northeast of Iran) in 2015. A sample of 161 hookah users was selected using 2-stage sampling. Structured questionnaires were distributed among the subjects and participants were included in the study after completing informed consent form. To analyze the data, we used chi-square, t test and logistic regression model. Results: The prevalence of illicit drug use was 36%. The result of final logistic regression model, with inclusion of confounders, showed that job status (odds ratio [OR] = 4.13), smoking in the last year (OR = 3.84) and prescription opioid drug use (OR = 3.77), were associated with illicit drug use. Conclusion: Our results showed high prevalence of illicit drug use, which was strongly associated with unemployment and other substances use. The results of this study can be used for planning for epidemiological studies in national scale in order to implement and evaluating interventions by considering the risk factors of hookah smoking in this type of individuals.

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