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NCJ Number: 119658 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Use Among Nigerian University Students: Prevalence of Self-Reported Use and Attitudes to Use
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:37  Issue:2 and 3  Dated:(April-September 1985)  Pages:31-42
Author(s): J J Nevadomsky
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Nigeria
Annotation: Based on a sample of approximately 300 university students in Benin City, Nigeria, this study shows that although a wide range of various drugs are readily available and known, the substances most often used by university students are coffee, cola nuts, alcohol, spirits, and cigarettes.
Abstract: Diazepam and diazepoxide are also used with some frequency. Students tend to use stimulants and depressants sequentially, mainly during and after sessional examinations. The stimulants keep them alert while they are studying for an examination, and the depressants help them to rest after an examination is over. Cannabis is well-known and has been tried by many students. Although many students had heard about cocaine or had perhaps mistaken it for codeine, it is not available in Nigeria in any significant quantity. No instances of heroin use have been reported; however, Nigeria is now considered a transit zone or stopover zone for traffickers carrying the drug to the United States from South and Southeast Asia. The effects of this trafficking on potential heroin abuse in Nigeria have yet to be determined. Peer pressure and parental role modeling are apparently the most influential factors affecting drug abuse. 4 tables, 11 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Drug abuse causes; Nigeria
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