Common Psycho-Active Substance Use Among the Students of a Government Senior Secondary School in Kano State
In comparison with other developing countries, Nigerian students rank among the highest users of substance drugs, such as alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, benzodiazepines, cocaine and opioids despite the socio-educational setback associated with it. This study assessed common psychoactive substance use and the age of the onset of psychoactive substance use among the students of Tarauni government senior secondary school, Kano state. A cross-sectional descriptive study was employed and a self-administered questionnaire used to recruit a total of 247 that participated in the study. Systematic random sampling was employed to select the respondents of the study. The data obtained were analyzed using SPSS version 20.0 and presented in frequency distribution tables and percentages. The result indicated that most of the students (80.0%) had ever use psychoactive substances, among whom 34.0% reported to have used cough syrup, 22.3% marijuana, 12.8% tobacco, 10.1% animal dung. The age of onset of psychoactive substance use was 15-18 years (58.5%). There is a need for collaboration between parents and teachers on improving the monitoring strategies of students both at home and school to identify, prevent and curtail substance abuse.