Health conditions among aging narcotics addicts: medical examination results.

University of California, Los Angeles, California 90025, USA.
Journal of Behavioral Medicine (Impact Factor: 3.1). 01/2005; 27(6):607-22. DOI: 10.1007/s10865-004-0005-x
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ABSTRACT The study examined health conditions among an aging cohort of male narcotics addicts. This prospective cohort study (1964-1998) included interviews and medical testing for 108 surviving subjects who had been admitted to the California Civil Addict Program during the years 1962 through 1964. Medical testing results were: 51.9% had high blood pressure, 22.4% showed hyperlipidemia, 13.3% had elevated levels of blood glucose, 33.6% had abnormal pulmonary function, half of the sample had abnormal liver function, and 94.2% tested positive for hepatitis C, 85.6% for hepatitis B, 3.8% for syphilis, and 27.3% for TB. The study empirically demonstrated poor health conditions and high morbidity among surviving narcotics addicts.

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