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Revista de Saúde Pública

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OLIVEIRA, Lúcio Garcia de et al. Attention performance among Brazilian truck drivers and its association with amphetamine use: pilot study. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2013, vol.47, n.5, pp.1001-1005. ISSN 0034-8910.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-8910.2013047004702.

The aim of this article was to describe the attention functioning of twenty-two truck drivers and its relationship with amphetamine use. Those drivers who reported using amphetamines in the twelve months previous to the interview had the best performance in a test evaluating sustained attention functioning. Although amphetamine use may initially seem advantageous to the drivers, it may actually impair safe driving. The findings suggest the importance of monitoring the laws regarding amphetamine use in this country.

Keywords : Automobile Driving; Motor Vehicles; Amphetamines, adverse effects; Task Performance and Analysis; Transportation, manpower; Cross-Sectional Studies.

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