Drug Abuse Prevalence and Effects in Coffee Shop Workers : A Cross Sectional Study
Keywords:abuse, coffee shops, drugs, gas chromatography.
Background: Drug abuse among population have become more common than before, coffee shops workers
are of increasing chance to drug abuse, the facing of such big problem necessitates collection of information
regarding the prevalence of drug abuse types and effects on health , and this will result in prevention of its
hazardous on population at all.
Patients and Methods: cross- sectional study during the the first day of April 2019 till the last day of
September 2019 , one hundred and twenty coffee shop workers were included. The workers were chosen
from 12 randomly selected coffee shops located in rural and in urban areas. The data were gathered through a
questionnaire and urine samples from participants. The collected samples were taken to the lab and screened
for drug abuse using dip stick, thin layer chromatography (TLC) and gas chromatography (GC-MS). The
collected data were organized, tabulated, and statistically analyzed using statistical package for social
science (SPSS Inc, version 22).
Results: the study showed that The prevalence of tramadol and cannabis and other synthetic drugs among
coffee shop workers in urban and rural area nowdays more than before and their detection easily done by
using GC-MS. hazardous on health among abusers more than non abusers.
Conclusion: The prevalence of drug abuse among coffee shop workers of increasing popular especially
tramadol , cannabis and other synthetic drugs, between all age groups in urban and rural area ,these drugs
of abuse can be detected using dip stick , TLC and the most specific method of detection using GC-MS to
confirm the results. Countries should plan for facing this cancer due to its bad hazardous and consequences
on health , family and society .
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