Benefits of Early Intervention in the Prevention of Substance Abuse: The Case Study of In–School Awareness Programmes in Enugu State
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 4, Issue 5-1, October 2016, Pages: 1-6
Received: Mar. 2, 2016;
Accepted: Mar. 7, 2016;
Published: Aug. 2, 2016
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Nonso Maduka, Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), Enugu, Nigeria
The problem of substance abuse is one which is on the rise and a problem which governments and their agencies in very nation are seriously battling with. Most worrisome is the high involvement of the youths (adolescences and young adults) ages 11-20 years in this issue. This paper will examine the impact of the media/entertainment industry in promoting substance abuse among teens and young adults, the influence of parents, teachers, in promoting or reducing early drug use and highlight the importance of building the capacity of schools guardian and counselors, and teachers on drug abuse and counseling. It will also highlight drug type prevalence among secondary school students in Enugu using statistics obtained by questionnaires administered to students of some secondary schools in Enugu. The paper concludes that engaging parents, guardians and teachers effectively will markly reduce early exposure to substance abuse.
Benefits of Early Intervention in the Prevention of Substance Abuse: The Case Study of In–School Awareness Programmes in Enugu State, Science Journal of Public Health. Special Issue: Addiction and Substance Abuse.
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