Impact of drug abuse on the lives of youth in a semi-urban Community setting in Nigeria

  • Joel Olayiwola Faronbi
  • Monisola Omoyeni Oginni
  • Adekemi Eunice Olowookere
  • Dupe Moronkeji

Abstract

This study examined involvement in drug abuse and its associated consequences among secondary school students in Nigeria. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data from 160 Secondary School students selected using a multi-stage sampling technique. Results showed that 85% of the respondents had a high level of awareness of drug abuse and 48.1% were involved in drug abuse. This study also revealed that friends, peer groups and involvement in social group were some of the factors influencing youths' participation in drug abuse. A significant relationship exists between respondents' involvement in drug abuse and health conditions (X = 53.53) and academic performance (X = 6.727). This study concludes that involvements in drug abuse have a negative impact on the lives of the youth. Therefore, multidisciplinary actions should be put in place to end drug abuse among the youths in our community.

Author Biography

Joel Olayiwola Faronbi

Department of Nursing Science,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

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