Knowledge on drug abuse among nursing students

S. Nalini, Lisy Joseph and K. Sathya

Drugs are the apt weapons for fighting ailments, but their improper use may lead to innumerable drug induced illnesses and dependence. Use and abuse of drugs is very common among adolescents and it can result in serious consequences. The study aimed to assess the knowledge on drug abuse among nursing students at a selected college.The research design adopted for this study was descriptive. 50 nursing students of III Year BSc Nursing Basic who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were selected as sample throughnon probability convenience sampling method.The study revealed that 5 (16%) had inadequate knowledge, 14 (47%) had moderate knowledgeand 11 (37%) had adequate knowledge on drug abuse.It was found that the mean knowledge score was 12.3 with the standard deviation of 3.25. The study concluded that majority of students had moderate knowledge on drug abuse and its effects.

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