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Nutritional status and dietary intake pattern of male drug addicts undergoing rehabilitation

Monoarul Haque,1 Rijwan Bhuiyan,2 Shahanaz Chowdhury,3 Khaleda Islam2
1Department of Community Nutrition, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences, Bangladesh
2Deptartment of Health Education & Health Promotion, Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences, Bangladesh
3Deptartment of Community Medicine, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences, Bangladesh
4Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Received: April 24, 2014 | Published: May 05, 2014

Correspondence: Monoarul Haque, Department of Community Nutrition, Faculty of Public Health, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BUHS), 125/1, Darus Salam, Mirpur, Dhaka 1216, Bangladesh, Tel 008801915839550, Email

Citation: Haque MM, Bhuiyan MR, Chowdhury S, et al. Nutritional status and dietary intake pattern of male drug addicts undergoing rehabilitation. J Nutr Health Food Eng. 2014;1(1):31‒34. DOI: 10.15406/jnhfe.2014.01.00006

Abstract

Background: Drug addiction is now prevalent everywhere in Bangladesh; in the house, streets, in the workplace, parks, slums, markets and even in educational institutions both in rural and urban areas. Although there is no precise figure of the drug dependant people, it is estimated that around 4.0million people, mostly youth are dependant to some form of drugs, and increased trend among all kinds of people is alarming.

Objective: This study was conducted to explore nutritional status and dietary intake pattern of male drug addicts undergoing rehabilitation.

Methodology: This was a cross sectional descriptive study carried out among male drug addicts who were admitted for detoxification and rehabilitation therapy, counseling and motivation. A total of 100 samples were collected randomly with face to face interview by using pre-tested semi structured questionnaire.

Result: Mean age of respondents was 34.02±7.12years. The prevalence of malnutrition among the respondents was assessed by body mass index. Fifty four percent of the drug addicts were suffering from varying degrees of Chronic Energy Deficiency (CED) of which 16%, 09%, and 29% were in CED-111, CED-11 and CED-1 respectively whereas 46% of the addicts were normal. It was observed that more than half of the respondents (56%) were irregular to take three meals in a day and 44% were taking their meal regularly. Mean energy intake of below 30years of age was 2179 kilocalorie and it met 78.9% of recommended dietary allowances. Mean energy intake of 30 and above years of age was 2420 kilocalorie and it met 86.19% of recommended dietary allowances.

Conclusion: Nutritional status of drug addicts was not satisfactory. Further large scale study may be recommended.

Keywords: nutritional status, diet intake pattern, drug addicts

Abbreviations

CED, chronic energy deficiency; DAM, dhaka ahsania mission

Introduction

Though Bangladesh is not a drug producing country, but due to its geographical location in between the golden and crescent triangle and passing of the crescent ways through it, here the problem of drug abuse has got epidemic form that destroys the productive forces creating special imbalances through narco-terrorism and handicaps the development process.1 Consequently it has now turned into a wide drug market for the drug traders having national, regional and international roots and during last one and half decade, it has flooded over the countries through a compact network of distributive channel.1,2 This flood appeared so abruptly that the traditional values and inherent social security system even could have any time and scope to develop any preventive measure.3,4 Drug addiction is now prevalent everywhere in Bangladesh; in the house, streets, in the workplace, parks, slums, markets and even in educational institutions both in rural and urban areas. Although there is no precise figure of the drug dependant people, it is estimated that around 4.0million people, mostly youth are dependant to some form of drugs, and increased trend among all kinds of people is alarming.5 Virtually all segments of society are severely affected by this problem. Near about 25 thousand hundred people are drug addicted and among them about 22 thousands are addicted in Dhaka city. In Bangladesh about 80 percent of the drug addicts are adolescents and young men of 15 to 30years of age.6 Drug addiction is a lifestyle disease. In recent times it has become a universal social and public health problem. No nation is immune to the horrendous consequences of illicit drug use. Devastation of family and social values has reached unprecedented levels. It has become a challenge to traditional and civic human norms and values.7 Emergence of illicit drug use has resulted in an explosive social violence around the world. Productive young adults are wading into the sea of drug experimentation.8 Drug addiction induces immunonutritional deficiency.9 Use of illicit drugs produces multiple nutrient deficiencies or malnutrition9,10 which is the most common cause of immunodeficiency.11‒14 Immunocompetence is a sensitive and functional determinant of nutritional status because it is altered even before the onset of clinical symptoms of malnutrition.9 Illicit drugs are themselves immunosuppressive.15‒20 Use of these drugs undermines appetite,21 affects food habits, leading drug addicts to crave ‘empty-energy’, potentially nutrient-deficient foods22 and causes micronutrient deficiency.10 Thus, the use of illicit drugs produces immunonutritional deficiencies, and influences susceptibility to infectious agents, including HIV infection.10 In addition drug addicts’ behavioral risk factors such as needle-sharing, unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, etc.10,23,24 ranks them at the highest risk of HIV infection.10,25 Because of its geographical position in the middle of the world’s two largest illicit drug-producing regions, the ‘Golden Triangle’ and the ‘Golden Crescent’,26 Bangladesh is being used as a trans-shipment point for the international drug markets. This has resulted in severe infliction of drug addiction in Bangladesh, which is rising with time. As in the developed world,8 illicit drug use amongst young adults is also soaring.10 It has also been addressed as a social and health problem. However, despite a focus on its fatal consequences worldwide,27 until recently research on illicit drug use has received little attention in Bangladesh. In continuation of our previous attempts,10,28 we report here the nutritional status of drug addicts and influence of their drug habit and lifestyle factors on their nutritional indices.

Methodology

Study design

This was a cross sectional study.

Study population and area

This study was carried out among male drug addicts who were admitted for detoxification and rehabilitation therapy, counseling and motivation at Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM).

Study sample and sampling method

For the purpose of this study, 100 drug addicts were selected randomly from DAM.

Study Period

This study was conducted from March, 2011 to December, 2011.

Tool

A semi structured questionnaire was used to conduct this study. Questionnaire includes socio-demographic conditions, anthropometrical information, twenty four hour dietary intake and dietary habit on some selected food item.

Data collection methods

Data was collected by face to face interview from the respondents.

Data analysis

The data were analyzed using SPSS/PC (version 12). The raw data recorded in questionnaire was coding first. The coded data were entered in to computer in SPSS program. Finally all required analysis was done by simple cross-tabulation.

Results

Socio-economic characteristics of the respondents

Table 1 showed distribution of the respondents by age. About 30% were in the 26-30years age group. About 10% were found in the age group of 20-26years. Besides, 23% were in the age group of 31-35 and 21% were found in 36-40. The overwhelming more than 50% of the respondents were married and 44% of them unmarried. Table showed that 35% of the respondents had passed secondary classes while 19% were completed primary education. Almost 21% respondents were found to sign, read and write only. Moreover, 17% were illiterate whereas only 8% respondents had graduation degree and higher secondary certificate examination. Regarding occupation, 36% of the respondents had small business. 14% respondents were Rickshaw puller and driver. day laborer was 5% and 6% were jobless. 10% respondents were found to picking paper and remaining 10% were involved in other function. Study shows 07% respondents had no income. 36% of the respondents were found in 4100-8000/- income group and 28% had income within 4000/-. About 40% of the respondents were addicted due to their friend’s incitement and 2% were addicted due to self curiosity. 1% were addicted intentionally and carelessness of their family member. 8.0% were addicted due to their surrounding environment. 24.0% were addicted during buying drugs for other. 9% were addicted due to more than one reason whereas 10.0% were for other reasons. In case of the age when they first took drug, 58.0% of the respondents were found in the 13-18years age group whereas 12.0% were in the 8-12years age group. 30% respondents were found in the 19 and above year’s age group.

Anthropometric measurement of the respondents

Table 2 shows that the mean Ht. and Wt. of the respondents were 163.38cm and 50.19kg respectively. The prevalence of malnutrition among the respondents was assessed by body mass index (BMI). 54% of the drug addicts were suffering from varying degrees of CED of which 15%, 09%, and 29% were in CED-111, CED-11 and CED-1 respectively. 46% of the addicts were normal.

Distribution of the respondents by taking three meals regularly in aday

Table 3 shows daily frequency of food intake of the respondents. It was observed that, more than half of the respondents (56%) were irregular to take three meals in aday and 44% were taking their meal regularly.

Distribution of the respondents by consumption frequencies of selected food items

In the table 33.60% of the respondents consumed fruits 1-2days weekly whereas, 7% consumed 3-4days in a week and 33% did not consume fruit in a week. 52% of the respondents consumed egg and milk 1-2days and 44% did not consume in a week. 36% of the respondents consumed meat and fish 1-2days in a week, 33% consumed 3-4days 17% consumed more than 4days and 14% never consumed. A good parents of the respondents consumed vegetables 3-4days and 10% never consumed vegetable in a weak.

Daily mean intake of energy by the respondents in relation to RDA and% of RDA intake

In Table 3 it was seen that mean (±SD) energy intake of the respondents were below the RDA. Mean (±SD) Energy intake of below 30years of age were 2179 (±1063) and it met 78.9% of RDA. Mean (±SD) energy intake of 30 and aboveyears of age were 2420 (±935) and it met 86.19% of RDA. Table 4 showed that 46% of the respondents met their energy requirement but protein requirement were fulfilled in 74% addicted people. Iron intake was satisfactory and fulfilled by more than 80% of the respondents. Vitamin C intake was alarming and no respondents were found to meet their daily need.

Items

Frequency

Percentage (%)

Mean±SD

Age

 

 

 

20-25

10

10.0

 

26-30

30

30.0

 

31-35

23

23.0

34.02±7.12

36-40

21

21.0

 

41 & above

16

16.0

 

Marital Status

 

 

 

Married

56

56.0

 

Unmarried

44

44.0

 

Educational Level

 

 

 

Illiterate

17

17.0

 

Can sign, red, write

21

21.0

 

Primary

19

19.0

 

Secondary

35

35.0

 

Graduate

08

8.0

 

Occupation

 

 

 

Rickshaw Puller and Driver

14

14.0

 

Day labor

05

5.0

 

Small business

36

36.0

 

Service

19

19.0

 

Jobless

06

6.0

 

Paper picking

10

10.0

 

Others

10

10.0

 

Monthly Income

 

 

 

No income

07

7.0

 

Up to 4,000

28

28.0

 

4,000-8,000

36

36.0

 

8,000-12,000

18

18.0

 

> 12,000

11

11.0

 

Reason for Addiction

 

 

 

Self curiosity

2

2.0

 

Friend incitement

40

40.0

 

Intentionally

1

1.0

 

Carelessness of the family

1

1.0

 

Environmental

8

8.0

 

During buying drugs

5

5.0

 

Emotional

24

24.0

 

Self curiosity & Emotionally

9

9.0

 

Others

10

10.0

 

Age of Taking First Drug

 

 

 

Child hood (8-12)

12

12.0

 

Teen age (13-18)

58

58.0

 

19 & above

30

30.0

 

Table 1 Socio-economic characteristics of the respondents (n=100)

Parameter

Number

Percent (%)

Mean±SD

Average Height(cm.)

 

 

163.38±7.48

Average Weight(kg.)

 

 

50.19±7.72

BMI(kg/m2)

 

 

18±2.64

<16.0 (CEDIII)severe

15

15.0

 

16.0-16.99(CED-II)moderate

09

9.0

 

17.0-18.49(CDE-I)mild

29

29.0

 

18.5-24.99

46

46.0

 

25-29.99(over wt.)

01

1.0

 

Total

100

100.00

 

Table 2 Mean height, weight and prevalence of malnutrition among the respondents (n=100)

Taking three meal regularly

Items

Frequency

Percentage

Yes

44

44.0

No

56

56.0

Frequencies of food items

Period

Fruits(%)

Egg/Milk(%)

Meat/Fish(%)

Vegetable(%)

1-2days

60

52

36

20

3-4day

7

4

33

47

>4days

-

-

17

23

Never taking

33

44

14

10

Daily intake energy

Age(years)

Mean±SD

Number

RDA (Kcal)

Intake% of RDA

Below 30

2179.74 ±1063.22

26

2763

78.9

30 and above

2420.34 ±935.01

74

2807

86.19

Table 3 Dietary intake pattern of the respondents (n=100)

Nutrients

Respondents meeting
requirement

Respondents below
requirement

Total

Energy(Kcal)

46.0

54.0

100

Protein(g)

74.0

26.0

100

Fat(g)

6.0

94.0

100

Calcium(mg)

15.0

85.0

100

Iron

87.0

13.0

100

Carotene(mcg)

45.0

55.0

100

Vit B1(mg)

75.0

25.0

100

Vit B2(mg)

24.0

76.0

100

Vit C(mg)

-

100

100

Table 4 Distribution of the respondents by their meting requirements of different nutrients (n=100)

Discussion

Of the studied drug addicts, more than one third (38%) had mild to moderate BMI, and 15% were suffering from severe malnutrition. Lowered BMI and nutrient deficiencies had also been previously reported for drug addicts.9,10,29 The reduced nutritional indices may be possibly because of the consumption of poor quality nutrient-deficient foods.21,22,29 The clinical signs of nutrient deficiency, particularly, were reported to be associated with micronutrient deficiencies,30‒32 which have also been documented for drug addicts.9,10 Study showed that 44% took 3 time meal everyday. Two third (60%) and half (50%) respondents took fruits and milk 1-2days weekly where almost half (47%) respondents take vegetables 3-4days weekly. However the present study revealed that drug addicts had moderate nutritional status. Mild multiple malnutrition or nutrient deficiency was prevalent among them. In addition to illicit drug use, some of the socioeconomic factors contributed to affect their nutritional indices. Since malnutrition or nutritional deficiency was the main cause of immunodeficiency13 that may influence susceptibility to HIV infection,33‒35 an efficient careful nutritional intervention would be of particular importance in the clinical management of drug addicts, as well as of HIV-infected or AIDS patients.

Conclusion

Nutritional status of drug addicts is a vital issue as it increases the risk of HIV/AIDS. So it is very necessary for any detoxification program to consider the nutritional status as a part of rehabilitation program. Further study is needed by considering the immunological assessment

Acknowledgements

None.

Conflict of interest

Author declares that there is no conflict of interest.

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