Prevalence study of head shop drug usage in mental health services

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/304923
Title:
Prevalence study of head shop drug usage in mental health services
Authors:
Lally, J; Higaya, E-E; Nisar, Z; Bainbridge, E; Hallahan, B
Publisher:
The Psychiatrist
Journal:
The Psychiatrist
Issue Date:
2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/304923
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Aims and method To examine the prevalence of head shop drug usage in individuals attending a range of adult mental health services. We examined the effect of head shop drug usage on the mental state of individuals with a range of mental health disorders. Clinical data were obtained from 608 consecutively reviewed individuals attending adult mental health services in relation to their use of head shop and psychoactive drugs and the putative effects of head shop drugs on their mental state. Results The prevalence of head shop drug use was 13% (n = 78), with a higher prevalence of usage noted in individuals younger than 35 years of age (25%). A large proportion of individuals (n = 41, 54%) reported adverse effects of these agents on their mental state, with psychotic symptoms being the most prevalent. Clinical implications Head shop drug usage was associated with a reported deleterious effect on mental state, which was particularly evident for individuals with a history of psychosis. Declaration of interest None
Keywords:
DRUGS MISUSE; MENTAL HEALTH
Local subject classification:
HEAD SHOPS

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLally, Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHigaya, E-Een_GB
dc.contributor.authorNisar, Zen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBainbridge, Een_GB
dc.contributor.authorHallahan, Ben_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-04T12:20:31Z-
dc.date.available2013-11-04T12:20:31Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/304923-
dc.descriptionAims and method To examine the prevalence of head shop drug usage in individuals attending a range of adult mental health services. We examined the effect of head shop drug usage on the mental state of individuals with a range of mental health disorders. Clinical data were obtained from 608 consecutively reviewed individuals attending adult mental health services in relation to their use of head shop and psychoactive drugs and the putative effects of head shop drugs on their mental state. Results The prevalence of head shop drug use was 13% (n = 78), with a higher prevalence of usage noted in individuals younger than 35 years of age (25%). A large proportion of individuals (n = 41, 54%) reported adverse effects of these agents on their mental state, with psychotic symptoms being the most prevalent. Clinical implications Head shop drug usage was associated with a reported deleterious effect on mental state, which was particularly evident for individuals with a history of psychosis. Declaration of interest Noneen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe Psychiatristen_GB
dc.subjectDRUGS MISUSEen_GB
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTHen_GB
dc.subject.otherHEAD SHOPSen_GB
dc.titlePrevalence study of head shop drug usage in mental health servicesen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThe Psychiatristen_GB
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