New Findings on Prevalence of Alcohol & Substance Use and Associated Trauma with ED Admissions in Kumasi, Ghana


We’re excited to share new findings published by Core Faculty Dr. Ron Maio and Dr. Carol Boyd, on the injuries associated with alcohol and substance abuse (ASU) among patients presenting to emergency departments (EDs) in West Africa. The first known documentation of injuries associated with ASU among patients presenting to EDs in West Africa, the findings of the cross-sectional study concluded that ASU may be a preventable cause of injuries among adults presenting to KATH ED:

  • One in four patients presenting to the KATH ED with injuries and non-trauma altered mental status tested positive for at least one illicit substance
  • One in three patients in the study tested positive for alcohol
  • Road traffic injuries, falls, and stab wounds were the most common injuries

The study, “Emergency department admissions Kumasi, Ghana: Prevalence of alcohol and substance use, and associated trauma,” was conducted with patients presented to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Emergency Department (KATH ED) in Kumasi, Ghana.

Forson PK, Oduro G, Bonney J, et al. Emergency department admissions Kumasi, Ghana: Prevalence of alcohol and substance use, and associated trauma [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 15]. J Addict Dis. 2020;1-9. doi:10.1080/10550887.2020.1791378