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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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GIL, Hilda Luz Bolaños; MELLO, Débora Falleiros de; FERRIANI, Maria das Graças Carvalho  and  SILVA, Marta Angélica Iossi. Perceptions of adolescents students on the consumption of drugs: a case study in Lima, Peru. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.spe, pp.551-557. ISSN 1518-8345.

The consumption of drugs has increased worldwide and has become a public health problem, affecting particularly adolescents. This study aimed to identify the opinions of adolescent students on the use of drugs and drug users, in a school in Lima, Peru. It is a descriptive and cross-sectional study with a questionnaire self-applied to 386 students. Data collected comprised students' personal data, their perception on the risk of drugs consumption, motivations, information on preventive interventions, drugs availability, opinion regarding drug users and their family, and social acceptance. Male gender was predominant. Most of the participants were unfavorable regarding risk perception and consumption motives, though, they were favorable towards information. We have a relevant role in explaining behaviors and also in implementing appropriate and efficient preventive and treatment programs.

Keywords : adolescent; street drugs; substance-related disorders.

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