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Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental

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SCHOLZE, Alessandro Rolim et al. Use of psychoactive substances among nursing workers. Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental [online]. 2017, n.18, pp.23-30. ISSN 1647-2160.

BACKGROUND: The nursing work environment may predispose workers to the use of psychoactive substances, interfering with their health and the quality of care provided. AIM: To identify the use of psychoactive substances among nursing workers. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out with 49 nursing workers from the hospital and primary care areas of a municipality in the Southern Region of Brazil. Data from the characterization of professionals and the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test were analyzed by descriptive statistics, odds ratio and Pearson's chi-square test. RESULTS: Alcohol was the most widely used licit substance, and among the illicit drugs marijuana was highlighted. There was no significant relationship between alcohol use and the analyzed variables. Occupational factors related to substance dependence were related to smoking. Illicit psychoactive substances were linked only to the factors related to their consumption. CONCLUSION: Managers need to be sensitized to the use of psychoactive substances by workers, breaking with the conception of punishment and prejudice, and workers need to seek strategies that help them stop using harmful drugs and thus improve their health and quality of life.

Keywords : Nursing; Street drugs; Alcoholic beverages; Tobacco.

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