Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
Print version ISSN 0034-7450
RUEDA-JAIMES, Germán Eduardo; RANGEL-MARTINEZ-VILLALBA, Andrés Mauricio; CAMACHO LOPEZ, Paul Anthony and DUARTE-PINEDA, Eliana. Associated factors with Illicit Drug use among Adolescent Students. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2011, vol.40, n.1, pp. 38-48. ISSN 0034-7450.
Introduction: The abuse of illicit drugs is established during early adolescence. Furthermore, a lot of variables in Colombian adolescents have not been studied yet. Objective: To establish the prevalence and associated factors of illicit drug use among adolescent students in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Methods: A random sample of adolescent students completed an anonymous questionnaire about illegal and legal substance use, and others questionnaires and scales.. Logistical regression was used to control confounding variables. Results: 2,916 students participated in this research. The prevalence of illicit drug use during the last year was 3.81%. Illicit drug use in men was independently associated with antisocial behavior, smoking everyday during the last month, alcohol dependence pattern and having a friend who uses illicit drugs. In women was independently associated with antisocial behavior, having a friend who uses illicit drugs, smoking everyday during the last month, and the age. Conclusions: One in 26 adolescent students from Bucaramanga has used illicit drugs during the last year. Women and men showed similar associated factors, although, men also showed an association with alcohol dependence and women showed an association with the age.
Keywords : Street Drugs; adolescents; students; epidemiology..