Substance Use Among The Elderly In Rural Dehradun: A Hidden Problem

  • Kritika . Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University
  • Deep Shikha Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University
  • Shaili Vyas Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University
  • Ruchi Juyal Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University
  • Jayanti Semwal Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University

Abstract

Introduction: Substance use among the elderly is one of the fastest growing health problems but the situation remains underestimated, under-identified, underdiagnosed and undertreated. Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of various forms of substance use among the elderly and to identify its correlates. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 403 elderlies in rural Dehradun for a period of 6 months. Chi square test and Fisher’s exact test were used at 5% significance level and analysis was done using SPSS-22 software. Results: The prevalence of substance use was found to be 37.0% (57.8% among males and 19.0% among females). Tobacco use in any form was the most prevalent (33.3%). The prevalence of tobacco smoking was 22.8% followed by use of smokeless tobacco (14.6%), alcohol intake (14.4%) and illicit drug use (0.5%). Conclusion: This study unveils high prevalence of substance use among the elderly. More detailed studies and intervention strategies for this hidden problem are required to promote healthy and active ageing.

Published
Mar 31, 2017
How to Cite
., Kritika et al. Substance Use Among The Elderly In Rural Dehradun: A Hidden Problem. SRHU MEDICAL JOURNAL, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 31 - 34, mar. 2017. ISSN 2456-7825. Available at: <http://journal.srhu.edu.in/index.php/SRHUMJ/article/view/24>. Date accessed: 09 dec. 2018.
Section
Original Research