Historical assessment of the exposure to violence of people in treatment for addiction to psychoactive substances

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María del Pilar, Balanta-Martínez


Introduction: The concept of violence involves the use or threat of using force and power against another person to harm him or her, which becomes even more important when read in parallel with addiction to psychoactive substances, both of which are considered serious public health problems that are preventable.

Objective: To characterize the type, profile, and areas of exposure to violence experienced by 74 people undergoing treatment in a (CAD) in Medellin-Colombia.

Methods: Observational, cross-sectional study with adults, using the HCR.20V3 historical violence risk scale, evaluating profiles such as victims, witnesses and areas of exposure to violence.

Results: 84% of people experienced violent situations, 13.5% identified their first violent event in adolescence, of the men interviewed 33% recognize themselves as victimizers throughout their lives.

Discussion and conclusions: The identification of type, profile and environments where people are exposed to violence is a relevant criterion for the development of plans for prevention and attention to the problem of PAS, especially due to the prevalence of violence in the lives of people who are treated for problematic consumption of PAS.

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