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The Use of Illegal Drugs and Infectious Contagious Diseases: Knowledge and Intervention among Dockworkers

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School of Nursing, Federal University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, RS 96203, Brazil
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Faculty of Nursing, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS 96010, Brazil
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Graduate Program on Nursing, Fortaleza University, Fortaleza, CE 60811, Brazil
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(1), 125; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph13010125
Received: 25 November 2015 / Revised: 4 January 2016 / Accepted: 6 January 2016 / Published: 12 January 2016
This 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
Keywords: occupational health; dockworkers; public health; drugs use occupational health; dockworkers; public health; drugs use
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Cezar-Vaz, M.R.; Bonow, C.A.; Silva, M.R.S.d.; Farias, F.L.R.d.; Almeida, M.C.V.d. The Use of Illegal Drugs and Infectious Contagious Diseases: Knowledge and Intervention among Dockworkers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 125. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph13010125

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Cezar-Vaz MR, Bonow CA, Silva MRSd, Farias FLRd, Almeida MCVd. 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. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph13010125

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Cezar-Vaz, Marta R., Clarice A. Bonow, Mara R.S.d. Silva, Francisca L.R.d. Farias, and Marlise C.V.d. Almeida 2016. "The Use of Illegal Drugs and Infectious Contagious Diseases: Knowledge and Intervention among Dockworkers" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 13, no. 1: 125. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph13010125

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