List of Tables
Age Distribution of Respondents
Alcohol Drinking Habits
Chi-square test rests of knowledge of drug abuse
51 Table 4.6
Identification of commonly abused drugs
Abuse of illicit drugs only
Chi-square calculation of peer pressure a powerful influence
in introducing Nigerian university students to drugs
Chi-square test results of drugs affect the mind, brain and body
55 Table 4.10
Chi-square test results of preventing Nigerian university
students from doing drugs
List of Figures
Pie chart illustrating sex distribution of respondents
47 Figure 2:
Bar chart illustrating respondents’ religion
List of Appendixes
Request to complete questionnaire
Calculation of chi-square test results of Research Question one
69 Appendix ‘C’:
Computation of Mean Item Score (MIS) for commonly
Calculation of chi-square test results of Research Question three
71 Appendix ‘E’:
Calculation of chi-square test results of Research Question five
The aim of this study is to investigate the perception of drug abuse among Nigerian university students. The research was conducted in three universities in Lagos metropolitan – University of Lagos; Lagos State University and Caleb University. The study’s objectives are to determine university students’ knowledge about drug abuse; identification of most commonly used drugs on campuses; peer pressure, a powerful influence in introducing undergraduate students to drugs; psycho-social effects of drug abuse on undergraduates and whether drug abuse is preventable.
In order to achieve the above stated objectives, 1000 undergraduates were interviewed with a structured self-reporting anonymous questionnaire. A total of 806 undergraduates responded to the questionnaire.
The research revealed that undergraduates have a good knowledge of drug abuse. The most commonly abused drug on campus is prescription drugs. Undergraduates abuse both legal and illegal drugs. Peer pressure is a powerful influence in introducing students to drugs. Drug abusers experience psycho-social problems and drug abuse is preventable.
The study’s implications are government should have a well defined comprehensive and realistic policy on the control of drugs; public education targeted at the vulnerable segment of the society, developing realistic and effective measures to prevent youths from doing drugs; and enact laws to prevent drug abuse and enforce them accordingly.
In ancient Nigeria, herbs, leaves and plants have been use to heal and control diseases. The use of drugs in itself does not constitute any danger, because drugs correctly administered have been a blessing but the chronic use of substances can cause serious, sometimes irreversible damage to adolescent’s physical and psychological development (Sambo, 2008). The use of drugs could be beneficial or harmful depending on the mode of use. Drug abuse has become a very big problem in Nigeria, a number of recent studies carried out in the country suggests that almost all Nigerian youths have experimented with drugs at some point, most especially alcohol and nicotine. The use of psychoactive substances by youths and adolescents has become an issue of public concern worldwide due to its potential to contribute to deliberate and unplanned injury (Daane, 2003). Oyakhilome (1990), stated that drug abuse extends across socio-economic, religious, cultural and ethnic boundaries and despite the efforts of the various Nigerian tiers of Government and the National...
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