Drug addicts profile and associated factors in a southern Brazilian population


  • Michelle Antonette Brown
  • Andréa dos Santos de Castro
  • Sther Garcia Ferreira Orestes
  • Marilisa Carneiro Leão Gabardo
  • Luciana Reis Azevedo-Alanis
  • Antonio Adilson Soares Lima
  • Maria Ângela Naval Machado




oral health; illicit drugs; DMF index.


To investigate the drug addicts profile and associated factors in two southern Brazilian population. Material and methods: Data regarding sociodemographic characteristics, drug use and oral conditions were collected from 398 males admitted in two rehab hospitals, using a structured questionnaire and oral examination. Results: The mean age of the participants was 35 (± 9.6). The majority were white (63.6%), single (75.9%), employed (61.3%), had low schooling (68.6%) and received more than one Brazilian minimum wage (57.7%). The mean number of untreated decayed teeth was 4.6 (± 4.0), missing teeth, 4.3 (± 5.5) and filled teeth, 2.5 (± 3.1). The mean DMFT score was 11.4 (± 6.8). The most prevalent drugs consumed were tobacco (83.2%) followed by crack (81.2%) and alcohol (72.9%). Conclusion: The sociodemographic profile showed a population of young adults predominantly white, with low schooling, employed with reasonable income, and multi-drug users. Occurrence of decayed teeth and tooth loss was prevalent among them, reflecting on a precarious oral health.




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Michelle Antonette Brown, Andréa dos Santos de Castro, Sther Garcia Ferreira Orestes, Marilisa Carneiro Leão Gabardo, Luciana Reis Azevedo-Alanis, Antonio Adilson Soares Lima, & Maria Ângela Naval Machado. (2023). Drug addicts profile and associated factors in a southern Brazilian population. RSBO, 20(1), 42–09. https://doi.org/10.21726/rsbo.v20i1.2000



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