Consultas de urgencia por abuso de sustancias psicoactivas en hospitales de Buenos Aires
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Emergency consultations connected with psychoactive substance abuse may reflect the particular nature and the magnitude of this problem in a communityA survey of three Buenos Aires hospitals revealed that 5 percent of all the cases attended during a single week were related to the consumption of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, or psychoactive drugs, either separately or in combinationLack of formal education, unemployment, and marital separation were important factors in substances abuse by males (especially in the case of alcohol abuse among older men and the abuse of psychoactive and illegal drugs among de young), while women tended to take overdoses of psychoactive drugs in times of personal crisisCultural tolerance of alcoholism and the availability of psychoactive drugs emerged as problems requiring specific studyThe research method generated reliable data and could be used to obtain epidemiological information to support the necessary control measures
Emergency consultations for substance abuse in Buenos Aires hospitals
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