Table 2

Nonprescribed use of tranquilizers or sedatives by ever users (nā€‰=ā€‰1076)
wgt% (95% CI)
Past year use
66.6 (62.6-70.4)
Past month
30.0 (26.4-33.8)
Frequency of recent use (past month)
None 70.0 (66.1-73.6)
1 to 5 days 24.2 (21.2-27.4)
6 to 19 days 3.1 (2.0-5.0)
20 or more days 2.7 (1.5-4.9)
Reasons for use
To sleep/sleep better 47.9 (43.5-52.4)
To better deal with my anxiety 47.7 (43.5-51.9)
To get high 4.4 (2.8-6.7)
Sources for the first use
Given by a relative 52.7 (48.0-57.4)
Given by a friend 11.0 (8.0-15.0)
Available in the household 29.3 (25.5-33.3)
Others* 7.0 (4.5-10.6)

* Bought from drugstores without prescription, from drug dealers or used false prescription.

Opaleye et al.

Opaleye et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:499   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-499

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