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LUCAS, Ana Cyra dos Santos et al. Use of psychoactive drugs by health sciences undergraduate students at the Federal University in Amazonas, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.3, pp. 663-671. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2006000300021.

A survey was conducted with 521 undergraduate health sciences students from the Federal University in Amazonas, Manaus, Brazil. Lifetime alcohol consumption was reported by 87.7% students, as compared to 30.7% for tobacco, with the latter reported more frequently by males (39.7%). The most common illicit drugs were solvents (11.9%), marijuana (9.4%), amphetamines and anxiolytics (9.2% each), cocaine (2.1%), and hallucinogens (1.2%). The main reason for illicit drug use was curiosity. Lifetime use of anabolic steroids was reported by 2.1% of the students. Alcohol abuse in the previous 30 days was reported by 12.4% of the students. Events following drinking included: fights (4.7%), accidents (2.4%), classroom absenteeism (33.7%), and job absenteeism (11.8%). Another important finding was that 47.3% of students drove after drinking. Opinions on drug abuse and patterns agree with those from similar studies in other regions of Brazil.

Keywords : Psychotropic Drugs; Health Occupations, Students; Drug Abuse.

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