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The Use and Abuse of Psychoactive substances by Students of A Rural Secondary School In Enugu Nigeria

K.O.B. Okonkwo, P.O. Ezeani

Abstract


Aim: To delineate the problem of the use of psychoactive substances in a rural secondary school.

Method: Using a self report questionnaire a random sample of students of a rural secondary school in Enugu State in Nigeria was studies to find the prevalence and the pattern of use of psychoactive substances.

Results: A life time prevalence of the use of substances of 76.3 percent was obtained. Eighty one percent of the boys as against 67.8% of girls have ever used drugs and this was statistically significant (P<0.05). In the daily use of these substances (as also the ever use) alcohol topped the list; closely followed by caffeine.

Conclusion: It is pertinent to mention the observation of the absence of the use of Amphetamine, Cocaine, Opiodis and Hallucinogens in our study population. However, the need for immediate action to check this level of drug is highlighted and the need for health education in all schools is stressed.


Key words: Drug abuse, rural school, prevention.


[Jnl College of Medicine Vol.7(2) 2002: 115-117]



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