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American Journal of Nursing Research. 2023, 11(3), 118-125
DOI: 10.12691/ajnr-11-3-3
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Knowledge of Hard Drugs and Attitudinal Disposition of Youths in Curbing Hard Drugs in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria

Immaculata Etim Bassey1, Idode Mercy1, Elizabeth Edem Okon1, Bassey Emmanuel Etim2, Gift Mbah3 and Effiom John Edwin4,

1Department of Nursing science, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Igbinedion University, Okada

2Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Emergency Medicine, Whiston Hospital, Prescot, United Kingdom

3Memorial University of Newfoundland

4Department of Social Science Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Science Education, University of Calabar, Calabar-Nigeria

Pub. Date: November 26, 2023

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Immaculata Etim Bassey, Idode Mercy, Elizabeth Edem Okon, Bassey Emmanuel Etim, Gift Mbah and Effiom John Edwin. Knowledge of Hard Drugs and Attitudinal Disposition of Youths in Curbing Hard Drugs in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. American Journal of Nursing Research. 2023; 11(3):118-125. doi: 10.12691/ajnr-11-3-3


Herbs, leaves, and other plants have been used to treat and prevent ailments since ancient times. Since medications can be used to cure illnesses and diseases when properly delivered, using them does not present any threat in and of itself. Most individuals today, especially young people, abuse drugs by taking them illegally, and they don't just use them to treat illnesses; they also use them for other purposes. The purpose of this study was to assess youths' attitudes towards hard drugs and their knowledge of them in Calabar South Local Government Area in Cross River State, Nigeria. The study had two explicit goals: to accomplish its goal and to do so. One statement of hypothesis was created from a pair of research questions. Based on the variable under investigation, a literature review was conducted. The descriptive survey research design was deemed to be the most appropriate for the investigation. According to the National Population Commission's predicted population for 2022, 124,204 people made up the study's population. The study employed an accidental sampling technique, and the 399 respondents who participated in the sample were chosen using Taro Yamen's 1975 formula. Data were gathered using a validated 10-item, 4-point modified Likert scale questionnaire. Test and measurement specialists determined the instrument's face and content validity. After applying spearman-Brown correlation, the reliability estimates of 0.82 for the instruments were established using the split-half approach. The research questions were tested using a descriptive analysis of frequency, percentages, mean, and standard deviation, and the study's hypotheses were tested using Pearson's product moment correlation. The hypothesis was investigated at a significance level of 0.05. Results: The data analysis showed a substantial correlation between youths' attitudes towards hard drugs in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria, and their awareness of these substances. According to the study's findings, there is a substantial correlation between adolescents' attitudes towards hard drugs and their awareness of them in the Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. As a result, it was suggested that policymakers, among other things, develop and coordinate resources for young people and individuals who experience behavioural issues.

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