Consumo de sustancias psicoactivas en adolescentes, Bucaramanga, Colombia, 1996-2004

Translated title of the contribution: Substance abuse amongst adolescents, Bucaramanga, Colombia, 1996-2004

Jorge A. Martínez-Mantilla, Walter Amaya-Naranjo, Horacio A. Campillo, Germán E. Rueda-Jaimes, Adalberto Campo-Arias, Luis A. Díaz-Martínez

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Objectives: Ascertaining substance use prevalence amongst upper-level high-school adolescents and comparing these figures with those from 1996 and 1997. Method: 2 291 randomly sampled high-school adolescents participated in a cross-sectional survey about legal and illegal substance abuse. Results: Mean adolescent age was 15,9 (1,09 SD); 53,9 % of the sample was female. The use of several substances grew from 1996/1997 to 2004, i.e. marihuana (1,5 % to 4,4 %), crack (0,.4 % to 1,2 %), inhalants (0,1 % to 1,2 %), stimulants (0,7 % to 1,9 %), and tranquilisers (2,0 % to 3,1 %). Similar figures were found for weekly alcohol use to the point of getting drunk (6,5 % to 7,7 %). Annual MDA use was 2,5 % (a substance not studied in 1996/1997). Conclusion: Inhalant and tranquiliser consumption amongst high-school adolescents has increased dramatically during the last few years. MDA consumption has reached a significant percentage.

Translated title of the contributionSubstance abuse amongst adolescents, Bucaramanga, Colombia, 1996-2004
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)215-229
Number of pages15
JournalRevista de Salud Publica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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