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Status and Prevalence of Substance Use Among Students of Tabora Polytechnic College, Tuli Campus, Tabora-a Cross Sectional Study

Youth drug abuse is a high-profile public health concern worldwide. Besides this drug abuse is one of the major issues in Tanzania. The youth in Tanzania are often involved in trafficking and consuming illegal drugs like cannabis. Illegal substance use among students can negatively impact their health in total, could negatively impact their educational grades and performances and also can give rise to maladaptive behaviors and personality traits. Studies in this area are scanty in Tanzania. This gap in knowledge prompted the design of the current study. The present study surveyed the status and prevalence of substance use among the students of Tabora polytechnic college of its Tuli campus; where 350 students of age group 15-30 years from different departments were being interviewed using ADA baseline questionnaire. Substances which are commonly abused by the students are found to be Alcohol (31.43%), Cigarettes (30.86%) and Bhang (19.71%). The Believe that alcohol and drug use facilitates sexual opportunities (32.5%) and facilitates connection with peers (31.7%) has escalated the use of drugs and alcohol and has been revealed that most of the students abuse drugs during weekends (23.71%) and after evening lectures (18.34%). The major sources of drugs and substances of use are from among the students themselves (39.72%).

Substance Use, Drugs, TPC, Tuli Campus and Tanzania

APA Style

Debnath, T., Mahingule Samwel, M., Hella, N., Kazinza Magesa, S., Backford Tengela, J., et al. (2023). Status and Prevalence of Substance Use Among Students of Tabora Polytechnic College, Tuli Campus, Tabora-a Cross Sectional Study. American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 11(4), 81-93. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ajpn.20231104.13

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Debnath, T.; Mahingule Samwel, M.; Hella, N.; Kazinza Magesa, S.; Backford Tengela, J., et al. Status and Prevalence of Substance Use Among Students of Tabora Polytechnic College, Tuli Campus, Tabora-a Cross Sectional Study. Am. J. Psychiatry Neurosci. 2023, 11(4), 81-93. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpn.20231104.13

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Debnath T, Mahingule Samwel M, Hella N, Kazinza Magesa S, Backford Tengela J, et al. Status and Prevalence of Substance Use Among Students of Tabora Polytechnic College, Tuli Campus, Tabora-a Cross Sectional Study. Am J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2023;11(4):81-93. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpn.20231104.13

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