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International Journal of Social and Economic Research
Year : 2017, Volume : 7, Issue : 4
First page : ( 92) Last page : ( 98)
Online ISSN : 2249-6270.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2249-6270.2017.00029.0

Substance Abuse among College Students: Prevalence, Predictors, and Prevention of Students Substance Use

Ghasemian Ayub, Kumar G. Venkatesh

Department of Studies in Psychology, University of Mysore, Manasagangothri-570 006, Mysore (India)

Online published on 16 February, 2018.

Abstract

Substance abuse among college students has become a subject of concern all over the world. Growing substance abuse and its crash on physical and psychosocial health is a global public health concern. Particularly disturbing fact is that the age of commencement of abuse is gradually falling. To plan effective interventions, it is essential to have information on the extent and type of substance abuse among students and their attitude towards its control. The current study was carried out to find out the prevalence of substance abuse among college students from urban areas in Bangalore and Mysore, data was collected from students in degree level (n=40), using the WHO ASSIST. This study aimed to show the prevalence of substance abuse among college students and also to understand the influence of legal and soft drugs on the future use of dangerous and hard drugs. Results of current study revealed that the prevalence of substance abuse among college students is high and causes significant physical and psychological problem in this population. A large proportion of those using drugs reported serious adverse effect, raising the necessity of targeted intervention to reduce the risk of subsequent substance and other deleterious consequence.

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