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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 80-83

Sociodemographic and clinical profile of drug treatment seekers attending the State Psychiatric Hospital and Drug De.addiction Center at Agartala, Tripura


Department of Psychiatry, Modern Psychiatric Hospital, Agartala, Tripura, India

Correspondence Address:
Udayan Majumder
Modern Psychiatric Hospital, P.O Bimangarh, Narsingarh, Agartala - 799 015, Tripura
India
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_100_20

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Background: Substance use disorders have become a widespread public health problem, especially in the northeastern states, and limited studies have been undertaken to reflect the picture of the same. Aims: The aim of the study was to study the sociodemographic and clinical profile of drug treatment seekers attending a State Psychiatric Hospital and De-addiction Center of Northeastern India. Materials and Methods: It was a cross-sectional hospital-based study conducted from October 2018 to August 2019. Two hundred and ten consecutive treatment-seeking patients, fulfilling inclusion and exclusion criteria and diagnosed with the International Classification of Diseases version 10 for substance dependence, were included in the study. Results: Most common abused drug was opioids (42.9%), followed by alcohol (14.3%), whereas 29.0% were people who inject drugs. Peer pressure in 55.2% and curiosity in 32.9% were reported to be the most common causes for initiating substances. Hepatitis C was the most common (52.4%) comorbidity related to intravenous drug users. Conclusions: Results of the current study will definitely encourage further large-scale community-level studies to assess the prevalence of substance abuse in the state as well as in drug policymaking.



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