ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
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Exploration of the Factors Associated with Initiation of Methamphetamine Use in Khomein County, Iran

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Department of Nursing, Khomein University of Medical Sciences, Khomein, Iran

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Golestan Research Center of Psychiatry (GRCP), Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran

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Golestan University of Medical Sciences Faculty of Health, Environmental Health Research Center, Gorgan, Iran

Addicta 2021; 8: 113-117
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2021.21015
Read: 76 Downloads: 41 Published: 30 September 2021

Methamphetamine is one of the most addictive stimulants, and its consumption has increased in Iran over the last decade. There are different factors related to a user’s first trial of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine. This qualitative study aimed to explore factors associated with the initiation of methamphetamine consumption among 12 methamphetamine consumers who were invited to the study through purposeful sampling, using the snowball technique, in Khomein city, Iran, in 2019. Data were collected through semistructured interviews and analyzed through content analysis in MAXQDA Version 10 software. Four main categories were extracted from the qualitative data, including (i) Curiosity and encouragement by friends; (ii) Misconception that methamphetamine is not addictive, and its effect on quitting other substances; (iii) Forgetting sorrow and grief; and (iv) The effects of methamphetamine in warding off sleep. Designing public health interventions to increase awareness on the addictive nature and the negative side effects of methamphetamine is necessary. Besides, we suggest efforts to increase public awareness and knowledge regarding the health risks of methamphetamine and to modify the related misconceptions.

Cite this article as: Akbari, M., Orouji, M. A., Shahini, N., Rostami, H., Mohammadi, K., & Charkazi, A. (2021). Exploration of the factors associated with initiation of methamphetamine use in Khomein County, Iran. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 8(2), 113-117.

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