Dubai Medical College Students' Attitudes towards Substance UseJamshid Ahmadi1,2* and Mohammed Galal Ahmed2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Prof. Jamshid Ahmadi, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
Shiraz, P.O. Box: 71345-1416, Iran
E-mail: [email protected]ahoo.com
Received January 22, 2013; Accepted February 28, 2013; Published March 07, 2013
Citation: Ahmadi J, Ahmed MG (2013) Dubai Medical College Students’ Attitudes towards Substance Use. J Addict Res Ther S6:005. doi:10.4172/2155-6105.S6-005
Copyright: © 2013 Ahmadi J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: In recent years there has been an increasing trend towards psychoactive substance use among youth, especially medical students. Aims: To assess Dubai Medical College for Girls students’ attitudes towards substance use and their use of substances. Participants: One hundred and three female medical students were selected randomly and were evaluated. Measurements: A confidential questionnaire was distributed, completed by the students and collected in the same sessions in 2007. Results: Of the subjects, 8.92% reported usage of substance(s) once or more sometime during their lives. Only 4.90% were currently using substance. The most common reason for initiation of substance use was to find out what it was like for most of the substances. The majority of the students reported religion as the most important reason for not using substances. Most of the students reported radio/television and newspaper/magazine as the usual source of information about substances. Conclusions: Tobacco was found to be the most prevalent form of substance use. There was no report of ecstasy, cocaine, LSD or heroin use. Drug use among Dubai Medical College students is much lower than that reported in the West.