Besides various other problems, most of the men addicted to opioid narcotic suffer from sexual dysfunction, a study conducted by the psychiatry department of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has found.
Opioid is a psychoactive chemical that resembles morphine or other opiates in its pharmacological effects. It is derivative of opium.
The study, titled ‘Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence : A Study from India’, and based on the 100 men who reported at the Drug De-Addiction Centre of the PGIMER to seek treatment for drug de-addiction, appeared in the latest issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.The research was aimed at studying the prevalence and specified demo graphic and clinical correlates of sexual dysfunction in men seeking treatment for opioid dependence. “There is limited literature on opioid dependent patients for the prevalence of sexual dysfunction as assessed by validated questionnaires, ”the study observed. The study examined total 150 men, including 100, dependent upon opioid for at least one year, and 50 healthy men were also enrolled for the study.
The study found that in men seeking treatment for sexual dysfunction due to opioid dependence was recorded in 48%.
“In comparison with the healthy patients, the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in patients with opioid dependence was significantly higher by each measure,” the study observed.
Earlier, a study, carried out by the department of community medicine of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana, and the psychiatry de par tment of Gover nment Medical College, Patiala, found that the people who sought treatment at various drug de-addiction centres in Punjab, around 50% of them were suf fering from various drugs related to opioid.
It included capsules (Propoxyphene) 29.3%,bhukki (poppy husk) 13.3% and opium 4.3% etc.
An earlier study which analysed the entire data of the drug de-addiction patients at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research had found observed, “There was a significant increase in dependence on opioids that emerged as a newer substances of drug abuse. Polysubstance dependence has also increased in recent years.”