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SMAD. Revista eletrônica saúde mental álcool e drogas

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FREITAS, Rizângela Lyne Mendes de et al. Profile of the use of legal and illegal drugs by college students at a private university. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2012, vol.8, n.3, pp. 118-126. ISSN 1806-6976.

The study investigated the prevalence of legal and/or illegal drugs among students enrolled in Health Sciences Courses (HSC) at a university located in the Quixadá municipality, State of Ceará. The study was conducted through a questionnaire administered to 345 HSC students. The resulting profile was of single white females, ages 16-20 years old, unemployed, with a household income of 2-4 minimum wage salaries. The vast majority does not use any legal or illegal drugs. However, 39 and 16% use alcohol and cocaine, especially for the high, and mainly because of peer pressure during social events. The majority of the students self-medicate. The study suggests that alcohol and drug use within this population is alarming and that new surveys need to be conducted.

Palavras-chave : Epidemiology; Alcohol beverages; Street drugs; Students; Universities.

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