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MELINA CASTRILLO, Julio et al. Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to use of psychoactive substance among nursing students of an university department of Atlántico (Colombia). Salud, Barranquilla [online]. 2012, vol.28, n.2, pp.322-334. ISSN 0120-5552.

Objective: To establish the knowledge, attitudes and practices related to psychoactive substance use among nursing students of a university department of the Atlántico. Materials and Methods: cross sectional study whose target population was students from first to eighth semester of a university nursing department of Atlántico (Colombia). Primary information source, instrument used: survey of 37 questions. The information was processed in SPSS and tabulated in tables of frequency and association, bar graphs and sectors, the summary information is handled in relative frequencies, measures of central tendency and statistical significance was determined using proportions. Results: 71.5% have knowledge about the composition of psychoactive substances. 45% are strongly disagree with the consumption of psychoactive substances to interact easily with people. 37.2% strongly disagree with consuming psychoactive substances to have fun. 90.7% agree with the investment of funds in rehabilitation programs, monitoring of the population affected by drug use. 55.5% consumed alcohol, 22.2% and 22.2 consumed ecstasy marijuana and crack cocaine remaining. Conclusions: We found a negative balance in the consumption of psychoactive substances in nursing students, much of these people have used psychoactive substances. In addition to being deficient knowledge related to them, and in terms of attitudes, it was concluded that most of the students surveyed have positive attitudes related to the legalization of psychoactive substances.

Keywords : psychoactive substances; alcohol; drugs; snuff.

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