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Document ID (ISN)66459
CIS number 96-1156
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Currie D., Hashemi K., Fothergill J., Findlay A., Harris A., Hindmarch I.
Title The use of anti-depressants and benzodiazepines in the perpetrators and victims of accidents
Bibliographic information Dec. 1995, Vol.45, No.6, p.323-325. 10 ref.
Abstract Blood samples were taken from people involved in accidents presenting at two hospitals over a five-month period. The 229 samples collected were analyzed for the presence of sedative agents: alcohol, tricyclic anti-depressants (TCAs) and benzodiazepines (BZs). Sixty-three samples (27.5%) were positive for at least one alcohol, TCA or BZ. There was a significantly greater representation of TCAs and BZs in the blood taken from a group 'responsible' for an accident compared to a 'not responsible' group. Results support the view that these drugs may play an important role in the causation of accidents.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; causes of accidents; drug dependence; tranquillizers
Descriptors (secondary) determination in blood
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Alcohol and drug abuse