Patterns Of Use, Perception of Risks and Experienced Effects of Drugs: Exploring the Hard-To-Reach in Uyo, Nigeria

Authors

  • Gboyega E. Abikoye Department of Psychology, University of Uyo, Nigeria & Department of Psychology, Covenant University, Ota
  • Olujide Adekeye Department of Psychology, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Sussan Adeusi Department of Psychology, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Gift E. Henry Department of Psychology, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Nancy P. Sylvester Department of Psychology, University of Uyo, Nigeria.

Keywords:

Drug use patterns, bunk patrons, transport workers, associated risks, Nigeria

Abstract

Drug use patterns in hard-to-reach populations remain under-researched, making it difficult to comprehend the problem and provide evidence-based intervention fully. This study explored drug use patterns, perception of risks, and experienced effects of drug use among bunk patrons and transport workers. Participants were 189 patrons of three bunks and 202 transport workers from two motor parks in Uyo, South-south Nigeria. Data were collected using standardized measures of drug use, perception of risk associated with drug use and experienced effects of drug use. Mean scores of 32.7 and 27.8 for bunk patrons and transport workers indicated high-risk drug use. About 79% of respondents were poly-drug users, and about 90% were heavy users. Risk perception was slightly higher among bunk patrons (42.1) than transport workers (37.7). However, more transport workers (24.6) had experienced negative effects due to drug use compared to bunk patrons (21.1). Implications of findings for drug control policy were discussed. The need to target hard-to-reach populations for relevant psychosocial interventions and to mainstream drug use problems in the health care system was emphasized.

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2024-01-17

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Patterns Of Use, Perception of Risks and Experienced Effects of Drugs: Exploring the Hard-To-Reach in Uyo, Nigeria. (2024). NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 11(1&2), 106-118. http://nacpjournal.org.ng/index.php/nacp/article/view/18

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