An inquiry into the social consequences of drug abuse among the youth in Nakawa division, Kampala district

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study was on an inquiry into the social consequences among the youths 111 Nakawa division Kampala District. The study was carried out for a period of one month. The need for the study arose due to the high rates of drug abuse among the youths. The researcher used in-depth interviews, key informants, Observations and documentary review during the study based on the objectives such as establishing the causes of drug abuse among the youths, the effects of drug abuse and the strategies towards drug abuse. The researcher used a sample size of 60 people and used Statistical package for social sciences for easy analysis. The research study had the following findings, as far as sex was concerned, the male respondents with 66% were the most being followed by female respondents with 40%. This was because the females were always absorbed with domestic chores hence could not be easily approached. Basing on age, majority of the respondents were between the age of I 9-20 (37%), 22-35 were 33% while between the age of 30-40 were I 8%. The last group was between the age of 45-56 with I I%. The marital status showed that 60% of the respondents were married, 25% were singles while I 5% had divorced. To them they claimed that their husbands failed to provide the basic needs. The educational levels indicated that 35% were primary dropouts and perhaps could explain why drug abuse was high, 26% studied up to institution level while I 8% had attained degrees. Basing on the causes of drug abuse, peer influence with 36% was noted to be leading cause being followed by stress 23%, illiteracy with 22% polygamy with I 6% while conflicts with 3% came last. The study also found that as far as the role of civil society was concerned in the reduction of drug abuse, it had carried out sensitization to the masses 33% so as to curb the situation, 20% set up lows governing drug abuse such as payment of fines, imprisonment among others. I 8% . I 6% provided education such as adult functional literacy, while 13% showed that the government should provide employment opportunities. Recommendations such as The civil society should cooperate with the grass root people so as to ensure that drug abuse cases are reported. The information obtained from this study may help actor's human resource departments, ministry of Labour and the government in general to reduce on the problem of drug abuse. The research study was limited by the inadequate financial services that limited the researchers movement and finishing the research study.
A research report submitted to the College of Economics and Management in partial fulfillment for the award of bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration of Kampala International University
Drug abuse, Youth, Nakawa division, Kampala district