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M. Shalini*, T. Sirisha, N. Prathiba and K. Padmalatha


Substance use disorder occurs when a person’s use of alcohol or another substance (drug) leads to health issues or problems at work, school or home. This disorder is called substance abuse. The exact cause is not known. Commonly used substances include Opiates and other narcotics (heroin, opium, codeine, and narcotic pain medicines), Stimulants (cocaine and amphetamines), Depressants (alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, chloral hydrate, and paraldehyde). Hallucinogen (LSD, phencyclidine) Marijuana (cannabis, or hashish). Study 1 was a cross-sectional study; with a sample size of 730 randomly selected 12th-grade students out of 3773, in Yazd, a central province of Iran, during 2014. Study 2 was an institution-based survey was conducted in February 2014 at a private university in Khartoum State, Sudan, with a sample size of 500. Study 3 was a descriptive study carried out at the University of Benin City, Edo state, with a sample size of 800 students.

Keywords: Substance abuse disorder, Prevalence.

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