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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 16. No. 1, 2011

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 2011;16:9-16

Original Article

Community-based Assessment for Memory and Motor Impairment Among Young Substance Abusers Using Standardised Instruments: A Hong Kong Experience

AWC Fung, MYC Poon, SL Fong, wy Tse


Sixty-three substance users aged between 12 and 25 were recruited into a community health evaluation programme. Use of ketamine, ecstasy and cocaine was prevalent. Neuropsychiatric symptoms were common. With the Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test, 79% of the clients were assessed to have impaired memory. Memory impairment was more pronounced among those using more types of drugs at high frequency, and having started drug use before the age of 15. The Bruininks-Oseretsky Test identified 72.4% of the clients with impairment in at least one of the three aspects defining motor proficiency - manual dexterity, fine-motor precision and fine-motor integration. Motor impairment could follow a period of substance use of less than one year. These findings revealed the high prevalence of memory and motor impairments among young substance users and the pressing need for prompt identification and intervention.

Keyword : Ecstasy; Ketamine; Memory impairment; Motor dysfunction; Substance use

Abstract in Chinese


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