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Comparing Blood Lead Level among Oral/inhaled Opium Addicts with a Non-addict Control Group in the Southeast of Iran.
Addict Health 2016; 8(4):235-241AH

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Opium is widely used among addicts in the Middle East countries such as Iran. Recent reports suggest that opium sellers cheat their customers by adding lead to the opium. Contaminated opium can threaten the health of consumers. This study was designed to evaluate the lead concentration in blood sample of oral and inhaled opium user's referring to Amir Al-Momenin Hospital in Zabol, Iran, during spring 2015 in comparison with those of control group.

METHODS

Blood lead level (BLL) of 188 subjects with a mean age of 52.06 years in three categories - including oral opium addicted (55 patients), inhaled opium addicted (55 patients), and healthy control group (n = 78) - was assessed. The BLL of all the subjects was assessed using an atomic absorption spectrophotometer.

FINDINGS

Almost all participants consumed "Tariak" (99.09%). Mean ± standard deviation (SD) duration of opium addiction was 13.21 ± 10.26 years. The average blood lead concentration among oral users, inhaled users, and control group were 34.31 ± 21.54, 41.13 ± 26.40, and 9.86 ± 4.40 µg/dl, respectively (P = 0.001).

CONCLUSION

Our study showed significant differences of BLLs between opium users and control group. We also did not find any association between blood lead concentration and method of opium consumption.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Zabol University of Medical Sciences, Zabol, Iran.PhD Student, Student Research Committee, School of Pharmacy, Zabol University of Medical Sciences, Zabol, Iran.Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Zabol University of Medical Sciences, Zabol, Iran.Department of Medical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, Zabol University of Medical Sciences, Zabol, Iran.Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Pharmacy, Zabol University of Medical Sciences, Zabol, Iran.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28819554

Citation

Nemati, Alireza, et al. "Comparing Blood Lead Level Among Oral/inhaled Opium Addicts With a Non-addict Control Group in the Southeast of Iran." Addiction & Health, vol. 8, no. 4, 2016, pp. 235-241.
Nemati A, Jafari S, Afshari M, et al. Comparing Blood Lead Level among Oral/inhaled Opium Addicts with a Non-addict Control Group in the Southeast of Iran. Addict Health. 2016;8(4):235-241.
Nemati, A., Jafari, S., Afshari, M., Dahmardeh, S., & Tabrizian, K. (2016). Comparing Blood Lead Level among Oral/inhaled Opium Addicts with a Non-addict Control Group in the Southeast of Iran. Addiction & Health, 8(4), pp. 235-241.
Nemati A, et al. Comparing Blood Lead Level Among Oral/inhaled Opium Addicts With a Non-addict Control Group in the Southeast of Iran. Addict Health. 2016;8(4):235-241. PubMed PMID: 28819554.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Comparing Blood Lead Level among Oral/inhaled Opium Addicts with a Non-addict Control Group in the Southeast of Iran. AU - Nemati,Alireza, AU - Jafari,Shima, AU - Afshari,Mahdi, AU - Dahmardeh,Somayeh, AU - Tabrizian,Kaveh, PY - 2017/8/19/entrez PY - 2017/8/19/pubmed PY - 2017/8/19/medline KW - Addict KW - Blood lead level KW - Opium SP - 235 EP - 241 JF - Addiction & health JO - Addict Health VL - 8 IS - 4 N2 - BACKGROUND: Opium is widely used among addicts in the Middle East countries such as Iran. Recent reports suggest that opium sellers cheat their customers by adding lead to the opium. Contaminated opium can threaten the health of consumers. This study was designed to evaluate the lead concentration in blood sample of oral and inhaled opium user's referring to Amir Al-Momenin Hospital in Zabol, Iran, during spring 2015 in comparison with those of control group. METHODS: Blood lead level (BLL) of 188 subjects with a mean age of 52.06 years in three categories - including oral opium addicted (55 patients), inhaled opium addicted (55 patients), and healthy control group (n = 78) - was assessed. The BLL of all the subjects was assessed using an atomic absorption spectrophotometer. FINDINGS: Almost all participants consumed "Tariak" (99.09%). Mean ± standard deviation (SD) duration of opium addiction was 13.21 ± 10.26 years. The average blood lead concentration among oral users, inhaled users, and control group were 34.31 ± 21.54, 41.13 ± 26.40, and 9.86 ± 4.40 µg/dl, respectively (P = 0.001). CONCLUSION: Our study showed significant differences of BLLs between opium users and control group. We also did not find any association between blood lead concentration and method of opium consumption. SN - 2008-4633 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28819554/Comparing_Blood_Lead_Level_among_Oral/inhaled_Opium_Addicts_with_a_Non_addict_Control_Group_in_the_Southeast_of_Iran_ L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/28819554/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -