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TEIXEIRA, Renata Frossard; SOUZA, Renata Santos de; BUAIZ, Vitor  and  SIQUEIRA, Marluce Miguel de. Psychoactive substance use among Espírito Santo Federal University odontology students. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.3, pp.655-662. ISSN 1678-4561.

The objective of this article is to trace the psychoactive substance use profile among odontology college students from the Espírito Santo Federal University Health Sciences Center. It is an explorative, descriptive, transversal and quantitative study developed with first to last year college students of the odontology course. The instrument used for data collection was an adaptation of one proposed by WHO and developed by WHO - Research and Reporting Project on the Epidemiology of Drug Dependence. Data were listed and analyzed through the Statistical Package Program for the Social Science. The results showed that 60.3% colleges student are female, 48.9% age between 20 and 22 years, 41.3% and 43.7% belong to A and B social class, respectively. The prevalence of psychoactive drugs use reported at least once in lifetime was 72.4% except for alcohol and tobacco; 25.9% used inhaled drugs, 13.2% marijuana, 10.9% amphetamines , 27% tobacco and 87.9% alcohol. It could be concluded that is necessary to prevent improper drug use among college students by inserting this subject on the college curriculum as well as establishing drug use prevention programs for students.

Keywords : Psychoactive substances; Colleges; Prevention.

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