This research is carried out to critically review the causes of
drug abuse among secondary school students in Jalingo Local Government Area
Taraba State as a case study. To make this research a reality questionnaires
were administered to collect information, the information was collected from
different places. The motive behind the research on the causes of drug abuse
among secondary school students stem from the belief that students now engage
more on drugs than before. This research also seek to find out factors
responsible for the causes of drug abuse in schools. The collected data though
questionnaires were analyzed computed in percentages. And the following were
seen as the major causes of drug abuse in schools; lack of parental care,
failure of school system, social disorganization of parents, unlicensed drug
stores, and peer groups influence.
1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
abuse is a social problem of great concern in our society like other social
problems; drug abuse has been attracting the attention of sociologist,
political scientist, psychologist, philosophers, criminologist and social
Social worker in particular,
have been working relentlessly to provide solutions to the problems posed by
drug abuse, to this end, several causal explanations, causes affect as
recommendations through drug abuse could at least the reduced in the society.
But since the aim has not been fully accomplished, the need for more research
work on the problems becomes more imperative coupled with the facts that the
problem seriously affects the social, economic, political and academic lives of
drug users in both rural and urban areas.
Drug abuse has far reaching
consequences on the progress and aspiration of the youth of all lends. It
determines how far the students can benefit from the available opportunities
provided by the homes, the government and the community.
Various definition and
explanations attempted is that the age of the students is usually between the
ages of 15 years and 18 years old.
Drug abuse is referred to as
substance abuse which involves the repeated and excessive use of chemical
substances to achieve certain effects. These substances may be street or
illicit drugs illegal due to their potentials for addition and abuse. They can
also be drug obtained with a prescription, use of the pleasure rather than
The most unfortunate victims
of these drug are the students (youths) these acts or activities are never in
conformity to the general accept modes of behavior in the society.
Drug abuse can lead to rape,
armed robbery, cultism, murder, theft, fighting e.t.c drug abuse leads to a
wide range of anti social tendencies as mentioned above. It starts during the
adolescent stage where the child feels it s fun to get involved in drugs and
can develop into a chronic addict and can cause untimely
i.Drug: is an illegal substance that some people
take, smoke, inject e.t.c for the physical and mental consequences it has.
ii.Abuse: is it to take or use something in a way
that is wrong or harmful.
iii.Drug abuse: a drug is said to be abused when its
use is not pharmacological or physically necessary it can also be used to
describe a situation whereby the dosage of a given drug is exceeded by the user.
iv.Addict: a person who is unable to stop using
v.Psychiatrist: a doctor who studies and ill
vi.Cannabis: a drug made from dried leaves and
flowers of hemp plant which is smoked or eaten and which gives the user of a
feeling of being relaxed.
vii.Alcohol: is a drink that can make people drunk
and starts misbehaving.
something that is not allowed by the law.
ix.Psycho: a person is mentally ill and who behaves
in very strange violent way.
x.Student: a person is studying at a school.
xi.Social control agencies: these are means through
which a society ensures conformity to the existing norms and values of the
Death if adequate remedial steps are not taken. It had constituted
a set back in the lives of many and has been a menace in all aspect of human
The study will concentrate on
the causes and consequence of drug abuse on students.
The first chapter introduces
the project work. It is the means to acquaint the readers with the basic
information or knowledge of drug abuse. The chapter two will take a critical
look at the explanations of drug abuse with special emphasis on the causes and
consequences of drug abuse among secondary school students. It will also review
the literature of different scholars on the issues.
The third chapter will
discuss the research methodology, beginning with the description of the
population, proceeding to the sample and sampling method, research instruments,
procedures for data collection and finally, the method of data analysis.
The fourth chapter will dwell
on the presentation and analysis of data, testing the hypothesis and discussion
of findings. The final chapter (chapter five) will deal with the summary,
conclusion and recommendations.
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
The menace of drug abuse
among students has been the centre of attraction for comments, debates and
discussion amongst the public, media and other intelligentsia.
Drug abuse has been a problem
in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State Nigeria, cases of students
appearing before school and community disciplinary committee, as well as
psychiatric homes is on the increase.
The phenomenon exhibits a
great deal if worry in some parents, teachers, e.t.c, who are somehow not able
to succeed in their attempt to control their addicted children or wards.
The main purpose of the study
is to find causes and consequences of drug abuse in my community, Jalingo Local
Government Area of Taraba State.
SCOPE OF THE STUDY
research work is intended to cover some secondary school students within
Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State.
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
research work is an attempt to study drug abuse among students in selected Secondary
Schools in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State. I was stimulated by
frequent cases of drug abuse amongst youths and its consequences.
The research findings may
apply to other parts of Nigeria. The purpose of this study is to;
i.Find out why students abuse drugs.
ii.Find out the drug mostly abused in the area.
iii.To correct the situations by making useful
suggestions by making useful suggestions to prevent or control the abuse of
iv.To investigate the consequence of drug abuse on
the academic performance of students.
SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY
of this nature could help in exposing and reducing the causes of drug abuse in
Jalingo and assist in the preventive measures to the ever increasing rates of
drug abuse in the community and else where.
objectives of this study are as follows;
i.To identify and discuss the causes of drug abuse
in Jalingo local government area.
ii.To examine the consequences of this drug abuse
on the secondary school students of my Local Government Area.
iii.To critically examine some social theories which
explain drug abuse?
iv.To suggest possible solution to these anti
social tendencies among students.
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