Substance Abuse Among Female Senior Secondary School Students In Anambra State South Eastern Nigeria
AbstractObjective: To study the prevalence of substance abuse among female secondary school students in Anambra State.
Design: This is a cross sectional study.
Materials and Methods:
A pre-tested structured questionnaire was used to obtain information on smoking, use of sedatives and alcohol drinking habits from 725 students of nine randomly selected female senior secondary schools, 3 each from the three senatorial zones of the state.
Conclusions: Though the over all prevalence of use of tobacco and alcohol was low compared to American society, efforts should be made by guidance counselors and primary care physicians to provide information to female students on the dangers inherent in the use of these substances. Students should also be encouraged to establish drug free clubs at schools to disseminate information on the disadvantages of substance use and discourage their use.
Key Words: Substance abuse, senior secondary students, females
Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice Vol. 7(2) 2004: 53-55