Volume 6  Issue 1

Volume 6  Issue 1

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Review Article

The effect of Expressive Writing among Illicit Drug Users: A Meta-analytic Review

Amira M. Ali*, PhD

This article examines the available randomized control trials that used expressive writing in drug using samples for effects of the intervention on psychological health, physical health, and recovery. In this review “expressive writing” is defined as a self-exposure writing intervention in which participants write their deepest thoughts and feelings related to traumatic, stressful or emotional events spontaneously and continuously without paying attention to spelling or grammar—usually for 15-30 minutes on 3 to 4 consecutive days or weeks. “Psychological health” refers to the level of emotional and behavioral adjustment (the intervention effect is reflected by changes in symptoms of mental distress and dysfunction such as depression and anxiety).

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Original Article

Evaluation of abuse drugs tests variations in fresh biological samples of abusers

Majid Rezaei Basiri1,2,5*, Mojgan Behshid2,3, Ghazi-khansari4, Saleh Alilou5, Haniyeh Mohebbi-Kamali5, Valiyollah Watani5, Mehdi Pakdel-Samadi5, Ladan Aminzadeh5, Fatemeh Seyed Nejad5, Marziyeh Mokhtari5, Fatemeh Hosseindoust5, Ashraf Razavi5, Ligha Saadat5

Today, addiction epidemy has changed to serious social challenge and problem even in developed countries and in the poor societies social damages are consequences of increased addicted population. Statistical studies and appropriate treatment and diagnosis methods will be highly efficient in line with prevention of increasing addicted population. Scientific progress and advent of new sciences have resulted in production of new kinetic addictive substances in industrial communities. This is while during recent decades’ addiction epidemy used to involved traditional substances such as opium.

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Research Article

Patterns and extent of the female heroin use in commercial sex work in the City of Colombo, SriLanka

Shakila Lasanthi Abeysekera*

This exploratory research focused on patterns and extent of heroin using female commercial sex workers in the City of Colombo. In Sri Lankan society, women’s role is undergoing significant transformation due to various social and economic reasons, especially after the 1977 liberalization process. Though the numbers remain hidden, heroin using female population is increasing and getting more and more accepted among women in Sri Lanka who play a leading role in drug related offenders. The number of heroin using females in commercial sex work is high in the low income community in the Colombo City

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Research Article

Prevalence and Determinants of Smoking in Gida Ayana Town, Eastern Wollega, Ethiopia, Crossectional

Mulugeta Gobena1*, Senbata Wedajo1 and Sagni Girma2

Tobacco use kills millions of people worldwide, causing immense suffering, and also has enormous economic and social costs. In developing world, tobacco poses a major challenge, not just to health, but also to social and economic development, and environmental sustainability(1).

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Review Article

Implications of Substance Use in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis: A Review

Beth A. Smith1,2*, Caroline Pardee2 , Lynne Fries3 , Christopher Barrick5 , Nicole Shea2 and Carla Frederick 3,4

Substance use and substance use disorders are very common, with high personal and societal costs. With increases in
life expectancy, substance use has become more commonly identified in individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF). Problem
substance use has special implications for those with CF, including effects on the respiratory system, decreased adherence
to medical treatments, and perhaps increased mortality. In the present review, we discuss commonly used substances including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, opioids and benzodiazepines.

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