An assessment of the effects of Drug Abuse on the Youth in Uganda A Case Study of Mutumba Sub County.

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Drng abuse among the youth is the major problem facing the world today. In order to understand the effects for adolescent substance abusive behavior, various theoretical perspectives were utilized and strategies to curb drng abuse among the youth were also identified. The study was conducted in the areas of Mutumba Subcounty, Namayingo district in Uganda. The pmiicipants included 12 male and 4 female adolescents, whose ages ranged from 12 years to 22 years. A qualitative, explorative research design was employed. Data was gathered using semi-structured interviews, questionnaires and observations. The study found that substances abused by the participants include; alcohol, nicotine, khat "Mairnngi". cannabis and heroin and the most affected areas included Bulule, Mutumba, Mwema, Buchimo, among others. Their reasons for using these substances include individual, family and environmental factors. However, peer group pressure was identified as the primary factor for adolescent substance use and abuse. This study emphasized the painful nature of drug abuse among the youth, yet at the same time it succeeds in highlighting the strategies that can be employed to address drug abuse among the youth. In addition, this study recommends a concerted effort by all the stakeholders in addressing the substance abuse problem.
A research report submitted to the College of Humanities and Applied Psychology, Department of Social Work and Social Administration in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of the Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Social Administration of Kampala International University.
Drug Abuse, Youth, Effects, Uganda