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Drug use among Teenagers and Young Adults in Bhutan

Wangdi, Kinley; Jamtsho, Tshering

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Background: Use, possession, and illegal transactions of controlled substances have increased in recent years in Bhutan. This study aimed to determine the national prevalence of ever drug use and identify its associated factors amongst teenagers and young adults. Methods: This study was conducted using data from the National Health Survey 2012 of Bhutan. The outcome variable of interest was ever drug use in teenagers and young adults. The questionnaire was developed following the WHO STEPwise...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWangdi, Kinley
dc.contributor.authorJamtsho, Tshering
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-03T00:55:50Z
dc.date.available2020-11-03T00:55:50Z
dc.identifier.issn0253-7176
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/213296
dc.description.abstractBackground: Use, possession, and illegal transactions of controlled substances have increased in recent years in Bhutan. This study aimed to determine the national prevalence of ever drug use and identify its associated factors amongst teenagers and young adults. Methods: This study was conducted using data from the National Health Survey 2012 of Bhutan. The outcome variable of interest was ever drug use in teenagers and young adults. The questionnaire was developed following the WHO STEPwise approach to surveillance of non-communicable diseases (STEP). Univariate and multivariate logistic regression were performed to identify correlates of ever drug use. Results: The prevalence of ever drug use among teenagers and young adults was 3.2% (n = 672). The factors associated with ever drug use were: being men; being single; being in age group of 18-24 years; having a primary school, high school, monastic, university, or diploma education; being technicians or salespersons; feeling always lonely; having ever consumed alcohol, and having ever smoked. Conclusion: Compared to the other countries in the WHO South-east Asia region, the prevalence of ever drug use in Bhutan is low. Use of other substances, including smoking and alcohol use, was associated with ever drug use. For greater effect, drug use prevention strategies should include prevention of smoking and alcohol use.
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dc.rights© 2019 Indian Psychiatric Society - South Zonal Branch | Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
dc.sourceIndian Journal of Psychological Medicine
dc.titleDrug use among Teenagers and Young Adults in Bhutan
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume41
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor160305 - Population Trends and Policies
local.identifier.absfor111707 - Family Care
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3102795xPUB5486
local.publisher.urlhttps://journals.sagepub.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWangdi, Kinley, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationJamtsho, Tshering, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue6
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage535
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage540
local.identifier.doi10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_348_19
dc.date.updated2020-07-06T08:23:11Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85075055828
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