A Cross- Sectional Study of Prevalence of Substance Use and Its Associated Factors Among Late Adolescents in Gadag city.
Keywords:Adolescent, substance use, tobacco, alcohol
Background: Substance use is a growing public health problem in India especially among adolescents. It has serious
effects on overall wellbeing. The onset of substance abuse most often stems in adolescents and hence it is important to
know the prevalence of substance use to take preventive steps to protect their health.
Objective: To determine theprevalence of substance use and its associated factors among college going late adolescents
of Gadag city. 2. To assess the attitude of adolescents regarding substance use.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among college going late adolescents ofGadag city
from Jan 1st 2018 to March 31st 2018 in 250 subjects from randomly selected 3 colleges of Gadag district. Data wascollected
by using predesigned semi-structured questionnaire.
Results: Overall prevalence of Substance use was 35.2%. Most commonly used substance was alcohol (27.8%). Mean
age of initiation of substance use was 16.6 + 0.7 years. Gender, parents education and addicted member in the family to
substances were statistically significant associated factors. Among substance users, 60% have positive attitude regarding
Conclusion- Prevalence of substance use was high and hence health education and other interventions to prevent
substance use has to be undertaken
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