10 clinics of Zahedan. Four hundred and eighty consecutive patients with complain of pain were
included in a descriptive analytical cross-sectional study and asked by uniform questionnaire about
opioid misuse and its 18 suspicious associated factors between January 1999 and May 1999. The
data were analyzed by standard procedures including Chi square, T test, confidence interval, odds
ratio, and multivariate and logistic regression analysis. Prevalence of opioid misuse was 28.5% inpatients
presenting with pain. There was no significant relation between opioid misuse and chronic
pain, but there were significant relationship between opioid misuse and the following five factors by
logistic regression analysis, respectively: 1. Previous opioid misuse by friends 2. Type of ccupation
3. Cigarette smoking 4. Neuro-psychiatric consultation 5. Death of spouse. There is high
prevalence of opioid misuse in-patients who complain of pain in Zahedan. It is recommended to
educate associated factors of opioid misuse to the society and to who are responsible to promote
health, and support high-risk groups.
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