There is a growing public concern in our country, Nigeria, about involvement of adolescents and young adult in drug abuse, which is defined as the non – medical use of substances by human beings that may modify one or more of its functions and may impair an individual ability to function effectively and may result in social physical or emotional harm1 . While it is universally accepted that drugs can be of tremendous benefit to man and society, it is also acknowledged that inappropriate use of drugs can be harmful to man .The personal, social and public health problems associated with psychoactive substance use, have continued to arouse world wide interest and concern. Various reports and researches conducted have illustrated this phenomenon. Drugs/substance abuse is a world wide hazard with dangerous complications that affect many countries around the globe, Nigeria inclusive. The problem varies from place to place.
Some crimes committed under the influence of drugs include murder, rape, robbery, homicide, destruction of lives and properties, violation of traffic regulations leading to accidents, affecting the user and or the people of the society in general. Studies conducted showed that youths account for about 70% of the population engaged in drug14 again bearing in mind that the youths of this country constitutes about 43% of the entire population, then drug abuse has an alarming negative influence on the future of the country. It is therefore pertinent that research programs should be carried out to determine the population at risk, the changing pattern, trend and prevalence of drug abuse over time among the higher institution students in Nigeria, because the youth and school going population constitute a high risk group and the most susceptible to drug abuse. Also, to determine the effect of drug abuse on an individual and the society to allow for adequate social monitoring, planning and evaluating of services. Perhaps, the incorporation of drug treatment and prevention programmes into primary health care (as part of mental health component in schools health services) would be a giant step in the right direction.
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