Experiences and meanings of the drugs phenomenon in nursing students

The aim of this study was to identify the meanings and experiences of nursing students regarding the drugs phenomenon. Data were collected through a semi-structured interview. Data analysis showed five theme categories. Of the 40 subjects in the sample, between 19 and 24 years old, 28 were women. Three had never received information about drugs, and most had had experiences with consumers or had consumed drugs. In Costa Rica, this problem is associated with stigma and traffic. They recognize that everyone is responsible, and consent with the State's contradictory attitude through tobacco company advertisements and complicity with distilleries. They acknowledge the importance of prevention and consider that the current approach of this issue is not appropriate. They would like it to be incorporated in their education, providing strategies on how to act and relate with drugs consumers.

Designer Drugs; Nursing; Students, Nursing; Teaching


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