Change in health-related problems of cocaine consumption in Catalonia, Spain

Josep M. Suelves, M. Teresa Brugal, Joan A. Caylà, Lluís Torralba

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Abstract

Background: Our aim was to study the evolution of cocaine-related health problems in Catalonia, Spain. Methods: Analysis of first treatment admissions, emergency-room episodes, and mortality recorded by information systems on drug abuse in Catalonia and the city of Barcelona (Spain) in 1999. Results: In 1999, cocaine was the illegal drug most frequently reported among drug-related emergency-room episodes (1,093 episodes in the city of Barcelona). In addition, cocaine was the illegal drug most frequently found among fatal drug overdoses (80% of all deaths in the last quarter of 1999) and the one that caused the highest number of treatment admissions (1,547 cases in Catalonia). Conclusions: There is an increase in cocaine-related health problems which means that it is needed health to improve the diagnosis, health education, treatment and prevention of complications associated with the use of this substance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number72184
Pages (from-to)581-583
Number of pages3
JournalMedicina clinica
Volume117
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Cocaine
  • Emergencies
  • Heroin
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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