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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Substance use among non-fatally injured patients attended at emergency departments in Spain
Drug and Alcohol Dependence Volume 105, Issue 3, 1 December 2009, Pages 194-201

To describe the prevalence of recent use of alcohol, medication, and illegal drugs among patients who attended emergency departments (EDs) as a result of suffering an injury due to any external mechanism and to identify factors associated with alcohol and drug use.

A high proportion of injured patients who were treated in an EDs tested positive for psychoactive drugs. Routine testing at trauma departments would maximize the identification of patients who may benefit from referral to specialized addiction treatment centers, or brief interventions.

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