Drug Abuse among University Students of Rafsanjan, Iran

AUTHORS

Omid Rezahosseini 1 , Ali Roohbakhsh 2 , * , Vahid Tavakolian 1 , Sepideh Assar 3

1 Medical Student, Students Research Committee, School of Medicine, Ranfsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, PhysiologyPharmacology Research Center, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran

3 Dental Student, Students Research Committee, School of Dentistry, Ranfsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran

How to Cite: Rezahosseini O, Roohbakhsh A, Tavakolian V, Assar S. Drug Abuse among University Students of Rafsanjan, Iran, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2014 ; 8(2):81-5.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 8 (2); 81-5
Published Online: June 30, 2014
Article Type: Original Article
Received: January 02, 2013
Revised: March 30, 2013
Accepted: January 16, 2014
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Abstract

Objective: The present study aimed to determine the frequency of drug abused in a sample of university students in Rafsanjan, Iran.

Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 1,260 students volunteered (311 males and 949 females) with mean age of 21.35 years. Data were collected by a self-administrated questionnaire regarding drugs abuse and demographic information.

Results: Benzodiazepines were the most common abused drugs which were reported in 94 students (7.4%). Other agents studied were cigarette and tobacco (159, cases 12.6%), alcoholic drinks (60 cases, 4.7%), and opiates (42 cases, 3.3%). Forty-three students (3.4%) had used methylphenidate in the last 6 months. Of this, 39 (90.6%) experienced insomnia. All students who abused methylphenidate indicated that the reason for this behavior was to raise alertness and conscious levels.

Conclusion: The pattern of drug abuse among the students here seems similar to other reports from Iranian universities.

Declaration of interest: None.

Citation: Rezahosseini O, Roohbakhsh A, Tavakolian V, Assar S. Drug abuse among university students of Rafsanjan, Iran. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 2014; 8(2): 81-5. Key words: • Cigarette • Drug Abuse • Methylphenidate

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