Lead Serum Levels in Opium-Dependent Individuals

  title={Lead Serum Levels in Opium-Dependent Individuals},
  author={Mohammad Mehdi Hayatbakhsh Abbasi and Mehdi Ansari and Armita Shahesmaeili and Ali Qaraie},
  booktitle={Addiction & health},
BACKGROUND Drug abuse, especially opium abuse, is a major public health problem in Iran. Recent reports suggest that opium sellers cheat their customers by adding lead to the opium. Contaminated opium can threaten the health of consumers. The present study aimed to compare the serum level of lead between opium dependents and a control group. METHODS This was a cross-sectional study in which 50 opium dependents aged 20 to 60 years old were compared with a control group of 43 non-dependents who… CONTINUE READING


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