Drug abuse prevalence between male students of different universities in Rasht in 2005


SH Siyam 1 , *

1 Biology Dept, Faculty of Medicine, Gilan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Gilan, Iran

How to Cite: Siyam S. Drug abuse prevalence between male students of different universities in Rasht in 2005, Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2006 ; 8(4):e94869.


Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 8 (4); e94869
Published Online: September 22, 2006
Article Type: Research Article
Received: April 12, 2006
Accepted: August 10, 2006


Background: Nowadays drug abuse and addiction is one of the most important health, social
and political problems in the world. So the aim of this study was to investigate the reasons of drug
abuse prevalence among boys of different universities in Rasht in 2005.
Methods and Materials: It is a descriptive- cross sectional study. We selected 800 male students
through random sampling in different universities in Rasht. The data and information were
collected by questionnaire and interview. Then we analyzed the findings and results using SPSS
software and chi- square test.
Results: The findings and results of this survey showed that 46.75% of students had used
cigarette or other drugs at least one time. The frequency of consumption is as follow: cigarette
24.13%, alcohol 10.50%, Joy materials 7.25%, and opium 4.87%. 17.90% of married and 27.07%
of single students smoked cigarette. The percentage of students who lived with their families was
26.56%, 29.28% and 16.29% respectively. In this study, the reasons of students for using drug were
imitating from friends 27.54% amusement 18.98%, satisfying their curiosity (12.30%), toleration of
living problems (20.32%) and enjoyment (20.86%).
Conclusions: The prevalence of smoking cigarette and using other drug in single students were
more than married students and for students who lived in renting house and university dorms were
more than those who lived with their families. The reasons for most of students for smoking
cigarette and using other drug were imitating their friends. Reading the results of this study, it is
suggested that parents and universities authorities have a better over solving students’ emotional
and social problems.


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