|کد مقاله||کد نشریه||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||نسخه تمام متن|
|4760339||1421977||2017||4 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||دانلود کنید|
- Oral fluid samples were collected from truck drivers in Sao Paulo state, Brazil.
- Of all tested samples, 5.2% were found to be positive for drugs.
- Cocaine was the most prevalent drug found in the positive samples.
- Truck drivers with positive samples were younger and drove longer distances.
- Chance of having a previous accident is directly proportional to long work journeys.
Traffic accidents are responsible for 1.25 million deaths worldwide and are the most common cause of death among those aged 15-29 years. In Brazil, traffic accidents caused more than 44,000 deaths in 2014. The use of psychoactive drugs is an important risk factor for being involved in traffic accidents. Previous studies have found that psychoactive substances are commonly used by truck drivers in Brazil to maintain their extensive work schedule and stay awake while driving during nighttime hours. The state of Sao Paulo is one of the most important states regarding goods transportation. Important highways cross through Sao Paulo to other regions from Brazil and to other countries in Latin America. This study aims to determine the prevalence of illicit drug use by truck drivers in the state of Sao Paulo through toxicological analyses of oral fluid. Truck drivers were randomly stopped by police officers on federal roads during morning hours. Oral fluid samples were collected using the Quantisalâ¢ device. In addition, a questionnaire concerning sociodemographic characteristics and health information was administered. Oral fluid samples were screened for amphetamine, cocaine, and tetrahydrocannabinol (Î9-THC) by ELISA and the confirmation was performed using ultra performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry detection (UPLC-MS/MS). Of the 764 drivers stopped, 762 agreed to participate. The participants were driving an average of 614Â km and 9.4Â h a day. Of the total samples, 5.2% (nÂ =Â 40) tested positive for drugs. Cocaine was the most frequently found drug (nÂ =Â 21), followed by amphetamine (nÂ =Â 16) and Î9-THC (nÂ =Â 8). All drivers were men with an average age of 42.5 years. With these results we were able to verify that many truck drivers were still consuming psychoactive drugs while driving, and cocaine was the most prevalent one. This reinforces the need for preventive measures aimed at controlling the use of illicit drugs by truck drivers in Brazil.
Journal: Forensic Science International - Volume 273, April 2017, Pages 140-143