Topical Researches - Characteristics of Drug Abusers
Understanding Drug Abusers and Their Healthcare Pathway: Towards Better Management in Hong Kong (2020)

Researcher: Dr. Esther Wai Yin Chan, The University of Hong Kong

Background: This is a hospital-based study to investigate the characteristics of drug abusers requiring medical care through Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department attendance.

Aims: To identify and understand the drug abusers in-depth so as to characterise and improve the subsequent downstream clinical pathway of drug abuses as well as to guide the development of a new model of medico-social collaborative interventions for drug abuses in future.

Method: Using big data methods, the project team analysed 8 423 patients on their medical conditions, patterns of A&E attendances and hospitalisations and compared how healthcare resources were used by patients with and without substance abuse.

Results: Among the patients who attended A&E, the substances most frequently used were opioids, followed by ketamine, barbiturate/hypnotics, amphetamines and cocaine. Opioids and ketamine are the two main substances that contribute to patients with substance abuse returning to hospital.

Conclusion: The public healthcare system in Hong Kong can be stretched by excessive A&E and hospital visits. To reduce the burden on public healthcare resources and prevent unnecessary hospital visits, early intervention is needed to help patients with substance abuse get the treatment and care they need.

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Situations and associated factors of psychoactive substance use among men who have sex with men in Hong Kong (2019)

Researcher: Professor Johnson Zixin WANG, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Identifying hidden psychotropic substance abusers among patients attending the Accident & Emergency departments in Hong Kong (2018)

Researcher: Dr. Leung Ling Pong, The University of Hong Kong
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