Socio-cultural Factors Associated with the Initiation of Opium Use in Darab, Iran

  title={Socio-cultural Factors Associated with the Initiation of Opium Use in Darab, Iran},
  author={Siavash Jafari and Afarin Rahimi Movaghar and Kevin J. P. Craib and Souzan Baharlou and Richard Mathias},
  journal={International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction},
This study aimed to identify socio-cultural factors facilitating initiation of opium use among drug users in Darab, Iran. A qualitative study using in-depth interviews was conducted. The study began in June 2006 and included 76 drug users, aged 20–43, of whom 95% (72) were male, and 5% (4) were female. The five most common factors facilitating initiation of drug use were revealed to be: lack of hobbies, treatment of general medical problems, modeling, peer networks, and cultural norms. Partner… CONTINUE READING
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