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STUDENT IJMR
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 143  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 101-103

Substance abuse amongst the medical graduate students in a developing country


1 Department of Pharmacology, Subharti Dental College, Meerut, India
2 Department of Pharmacology, Subharti Dental College, Meerut, India; Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Fiji National University, Suva, Fiji, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, Subharti Dental College, Meerut, India; Oral Health, College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Fiji National University, Suva, Fiji, India
4 Department of Psychiatry, Subharti Medical College & Hospital, Meerut, India

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S Kannan
Department of Pharmacology, Subharti Medical College & Hospital, Delhi-Haridwar bypass road, Meerut 250 005, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-5916.178617

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Background & objectives: Substance abuse is found worldwide including among students. We carried out this study to estimate the prevalence of substance abuse among medical student studying in a medical college in north India. Methods: Using a validated questionnaire a cross-sectional survey was conducted among 230 undergraduate and postgraduate medical students in a private medical college. Results: The prevalence of substance abuse was 20.43 per cent (47/230) among medical students. An increase in substance abuse was observed in the latter years of medical education. A total of 43 of 47 (91.7%) students using these substances were aware of the ill effects. The most common reasons for substance use were relief from psychological stress (34/47, 72.4%) and occasional celebration (34/47, 72.4%). Of the 47 substance users, 28 (59.6%) made past attempts to quit the substance abuse. Interpretation & conclusions:Nearly one-fifth of medical students abuse at least one substance despite knowing the ill effects with the main predisposing factor being the psychological stress.


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