Undergraduates’ Exposure to and Knowledge of Information on Dangers Drug Abuse in South East, Nigeria


Authors : MaryAnn Ngozi Udeh, Dr. Chinwe Uzochukwu

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 2 - February

Google Scholar : https://goo.gl/DF9R4u

Scribd : https://bit.ly/3bpL5by

Abstract : This study was a survey research carried out to find the extent of university students’ exposure to and knowledge of information on dangers of drug abuse. The study adopted the Social Control Theory, Differential Association Theory and Public Health Model and Environmental Approach. The area of study was Southeast, Nigeria and the sample size was 400 from undergraduates of three universities in the region. The researchers discovered that most of the respondents were exposed to and have knowledge of dangers of drug abuse, but the national agency in charge of drug information, education and eradication in the country were the least in information dissemination to the tertiary students. They concluded that undergraduates of universities in South East Nigeria were knowledgeable about drug abuse and were exposed to drug abuse information although variance was noticed in effecting received knowledge to behaviour. The researchers, therefore, recommended that relevant health organizations should be empowered to carry out free and accessible educational resources to increase awareness on types of drugs and the dangers of drug abuse.

Keywords : Undergraduates, Knowledge, Exposure, Information, Drug Abuse.

This study was a survey research carried out to find the extent of university students’ exposure to and knowledge of information on dangers of drug abuse. The study adopted the Social Control Theory, Differential Association Theory and Public Health Model and Environmental Approach. The area of study was Southeast, Nigeria and the sample size was 400 from undergraduates of three universities in the region. The researchers discovered that most of the respondents were exposed to and have knowledge of dangers of drug abuse, but the national agency in charge of drug information, education and eradication in the country were the least in information dissemination to the tertiary students. They concluded that undergraduates of universities in South East Nigeria were knowledgeable about drug abuse and were exposed to drug abuse information although variance was noticed in effecting received knowledge to behaviour. The researchers, therefore, recommended that relevant health organizations should be empowered to carry out free and accessible educational resources to increase awareness on types of drugs and the dangers of drug abuse.

Keywords : Undergraduates, Knowledge, Exposure, Information, Drug Abuse.

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