Short report: Past-year gambling behaviour among patients receiving opioid substitution treatment
Substance abuse and gambling problems are associated, however, studies on gambling problems among opioid substitution treatment (OST) patients are scarce.
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2015, 10:4 doi:10.1186/1747-597X-10-4
The aim of this study is to explore the association of gender, age, treatment medication and treatment program with gambling behaviour, including gambling participation and gambling problems, among OST patients.
Gambling participation of the opioid substitution treatment (OST) patients seemed to be somewhat similar compared with the Finnish general population, but gambling problems were more common among OST patients. Gender and age may not be very strong indicators of risk while screening problem gamblers among OST patients. Institution of a problem gambling screening program is recommended, and additional intervention for gambling problems should be implemented for that need as a part of OST.
Keywords: Substance abuse, Gambling problems, Opioid substitution treatment
Avain-/asiasanat: päihteiden käyttö, rahapeliongelmat, opioidikorvaushoito