The Use of Illegal Drugs and Infectious Contagious Diseases: Knowledge and Intervention among Dockworkers
AbstractThis study’s objective was to analyze the use of illegal drugs by dockworkers and provide risk communication regarding the use of illegal drugs and test for infectious contagious diseases among dockworkers. This cross-sectional study including an intervention addressed to 232 dockworkers, who were individually interviewed, as well as communication of risk with testing for infectious contagious diseases for 93 dockworkers from a city in the interior of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Poisson regression analysis was used. Twenty-nine workers reported the use of illegal drugs. Poisson regression indicated that being a wharfage worker, smoker, having a high income, and heavier workload increases the prevalence of the use of illegal drugs. During risk communication, two workers were diagnosed with hepatitis B (2.2%), three (3.2%) with hepatitis C, two (2.2%) with syphilis. None of the workers, though, had HIV. This study provides evidence that can motivate further research on the topic and also lead to treatment of individuals to improve work safety, productivity, and the health of workers. View Full-Text
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Cezar-Vaz, M.R.; Bonow, C.A.; Silva, M.R.S.; Farias, F.L.R.; Almeida, M.C.V. The Use of Illegal Drugs and Infectious Contagious Diseases: Knowledge and Intervention among Dockworkers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 125.
Cezar-Vaz MR, Bonow CA, Silva MRS, Farias FLR, Almeida MCV. The Use of Illegal Drugs and Infectious Contagious Diseases: Knowledge and Intervention among Dockworkers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2016; 13(1):125.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cezar-Vaz, Marta R.; Bonow, Clarice A.; Silva, Mara R.S.; Farias, Francisca L.R.; Almeida, Marlise C.V. 2016. "The Use of Illegal Drugs and Infectious Contagious Diseases: Knowledge and Intervention among Dockworkers." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 13, no. 1: 125.
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