A cross-sectional study on prevalence of non-fatal drug overdose and associated risk characteristics among out-of-treatment injecting drug users in North Vietnam

Anne Bergenstrom, Vu Minh Quan, Le Van Nam, Kristen McClausland, Nguyen Phuong Thuoc, David Celentano, Vivian Go

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Abstract

In a community-based cross-sectional survey among out-of-treatment male opiate injecting drug users (IDU) aged 18-45, data on non-fatal overdose were collected using a semi-structured questionnaire. From August to September 2003, 299 IDU were recruited in two districts of Bac Ninh, a semi-urban province in North Vietnam. Prevalence of lifetime and recent non-fatal overdose were 43.5 and 83.1%, respectively. Logistic regression analyses showed associations between non-fatal overdose and younger age, unemployment, residence in the provincial township, frequency of injecting, injecting heroin mixed with valium, and history of drug treatment. While recognizing the limitations of this study, it is the first in Southeast Asia to report on prevalence of drug use-related overdose. Future research is recommended on occurrence of fatal overdose in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-84
Number of pages12
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

Keywords

  • Asia
  • Drug overdose
  • Heroin
  • Injecting drug use
  • Non-fatal overdose
  • Opiate
  • Vietnam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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