PSYCHOSOCIAL EFFECTS OF ILLICIT DRUG USE AMONG UNDERGRADUATES’ ADOLESCENTS IN OGUN STATE, NIGERIA

Azorondu Abigail Agbon, Raymond Francis Uwagbale, Samuel Obot, Amodu Aminat Omowonuola

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This study examined the psychosocial effects of illicit drug use among undergraduates’ adolescents in Olabisi Onabanjo University and Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria. Illicit drug use is a common practice among undergraduates and it has turned out to be a norm in the society today. The issues that arise from its use are vast, which leads into a crackdown in many spheres of the society. Illicit drug use is the non-medical self-administration of drug to create mood changing effects, intoxication, or altered self-image, despite the knowledge of its potential side effects. This research work made use of quantitative source of data, through which data were gathered using a self-structure questionnaire and administered to respondents in Babcock University and Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria. The findings showed that, illicit drug use has negative psychosocial effects on students in the study areas; it was also found that there are commonly abused substances by students in the study areas; the study showed that there are psychosocial factors responsible for drug abuse among students in the study areas; and lastly, it was found that there are measures in place to curb drug abuse among students in the study areas. The study recommends that, there should be public enlightenment campaign by government at all levels, non-governmental organizations, schools and universities, health institutions and associations should be a concerted and coordinated effort to help lower the prevalence of illicit drug use in the country. In addition, there is need for counsellors in Nigerian universities to present messages that appeal students’ motives on the need to stop using substance. The counsellor should be organizing group counselling/individual counselling as rehabilitation programme for those who have been engaging in substance abuse for them to have a change of behaviour.


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