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Study on Relapse and Associated Factors among Drug Users in Bangladesh - Iqbal Masud , Day 5, 11:00-12:31

Presented as part of the Uniting the global community to face the challenge of addiction event, online on 16th May, 2022


  • Study on Relapse and Associated Factors among Drug Users in Bangladesh - Iqbal Masud 


  • Study on Relapse and Associated Factors among Drug Users in Bangladesh - Iqbal Masud 

Substance use is a major public health concern and its con- sequences can destroy someone’s life. This study aimed to explore the legal and social consequences of substance use in Bangladesh. We conducted a nationwide descriptive cross- sectional study among relapse cases of substance use. We visited 138 drug rehabilitation centers countrywide and were able to recruit 939 relapse cases. The majority (89.3%) of the study participants were 19- 45 years old. Most commonly used drugs were amphetamine (76.1%), cannabis (75.0%), alcohol (54.3%). Almost half (49.5%) of the substance users were arrested for drug use and among arrested cases, 52.1% were sent to prison. The reasons for being arrested were drug use (54.8%) and trafficking (44.3%). Other reasons like drug business, hijacking, and robbery etc. About 75% of the substance users experienced a lack of family interaction, and 71.4% faced social stigma.

Our data represented the significant impact of substance use on the legal aspect and social life of individuals. However, with a multi- dimensional treatment, rehabilitation, and social intervention approach, it is not impossible to overcome. Therefore, we believe it is imperative to focus on create a robust platform for health promotion and improve quality of life.

Learning objectives

Scientific evidence portraying the consequences of substance use was limited in Bangladesh. Our study found several important legal and social consequences due to substance use. These predicaments form a challenging environment for the member of the family and friends that hinder the recovery or treatment process of the users. Hence reflection on these conditions is necessary for the treatment and prevention of addiction. In light of the findings discussed above, we would like to propose multi-dimensional care to prevent these substance use cases. Furthermore, families and respective communities can support the recovery with the help of existing interventions and treatments and mutual support programs. Finally, we would like to draw the attention of the policymakers to promote awareness of the family members and society to be more supportive and prevent substance use and its relapse.

Other author names
  • Mohammad Delwer Hossain Hawlader

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