TO STUDY THE PREVALENCE AND PROVOKING FACTORS PROMOTING DRUG ABUSE

M. A. Wagan, M. Shah, N. Qazi, S. Shah

Abstract


Drug addiction has ruined our society and there is a dire need of recognition of the factors which infuriate it. This study was performed to assess prevalence and provoking factors promoting drug abuse from January 2008 to December 2008. The male patients were enrolled after taking written consent, a specially designed proforma regarding their age, sex, marital status, family size, locality was filled with special attention to drugs of addiction and their duration of use with provoking factors. In 404 patients enrolled in the study the mean age was 30+7.5 years 275. (68.06%) were married, 85 (21.03%) were unmarried with 44 (10.89%) separate. Majority of patients 285 (70.29%) were earning only 3000/- per month while 79 (19.55%) were unemployed. Mostly illiterate (48.76%). Heroin was most commonly abused drug (37.37%) and unemployment (22.77%) was the major provoking factor. Drug abuse is quite common in our society which needs special attention at local and government levels by implementation of short and long term programmes to cope up with this grave situation.


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