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[Drug use and death-seeking behaviour attitudes toward death among opiate users]

PAP Ágota, HEGEDÛS Katalin

SEPTEMBER 22, 2013

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2013;23(09)

[Many times, behind mens’ fears there is the fear of death. Drug use can be defined as a kid of self destruction, so it is directly linked to attitudes toward death. In Hungary, suicide among young people is one of the leading causes of death, which is often associated with some kind of addiction or substance abuse. We can also say that drug use is an indirect way of “death search”, which prolongs the agony and the time of suffering. Drug-related death can be directly attributed to drug overdose. Intravenous drug use may cause a risk of infectious diseases (such as sharing needles/syringe/filter use) - HCV, AIDS, etc. Intravenous drug use is mostly - but not exclusively - characteristic to opiate users. Heroin’s mode of action is described as causing an intense feeling of euphoria and a way of feeling augmenting to stupor. Its addictive potential is very high, the degradation is visible and can be fatal. In this paper, we discuss previous observations on overdose that is the validity of harm reduction justified by former research, the possible predictors of overdose and the identification of the prevention area.]

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