Substance abuse and trauma in Cape Town.

  title={Substance abuse and trauma in Cape Town.},
  author={Margaret M Peden and Jacqueline van der Spuy and Philip Smith and Peter C Bautz},
  journal={South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde},
  volume={90 3},
OBJECTIVE To obtain baseline data on the incidence of acute alcohol intoxication, chronic alcoholism and illicit drug usage among a cohort of injured patients. DESIGN A prospective, descriptive study of 254 injured patients presenting at the trauma unit of Groote Schuur Hospital over an idealized week in 1997. Alcohol consumption was assessed by means of the Lion SD2 alcolmeter. Chronic alcoholism was assessed using the CAGE questionnaire. Each patient's urine was analysed for four drugs… CONTINUE READING


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