Drug Abuse

Topics: Drug addiction, Substance abuse, Addiction Pages: 6 (1036 words) Published: March 25, 2013
Table of contents
Introduction and purpose of research

Literature review

Data collection sources

Presentation, discussion and analysis of data

Conclusion, limitations and recommendations



Introduction and purpose of research
Drug abuse is a very prevalent and widespread problem in Trinidad and Tobago. It is the cause of many illegal activities in the country. This study is geared towards finding the causes and effects of drug abuse in teenagers in Rio Claro. The purpose of this study is to determine the causes and effects of drug abuse in Rio Claro. In this project the following research questions would be asked: 1. What is drug abuse?

2. What are the causes and effects of drug abuse?
3. What are the strategies that could be implemented to curb drug abuse?

This topic was chosen because the prevalence of drug abuse in my community is very high and it is of my special interest because I would like to explore and understand the topic more. I am currently studying sciences at school and it is my hope that studying this topic would further educate me about drug abuse as I would like to peruse a career in pharmacy. After this study is completed it is my hope that the research can be used to benefit the members of my community and other researchers to help prevent drug abuse. Some of the terms used in this research project are:

1. Drug abuse- substance abuse  use of a substance that modifies mood or behavior in a manner characterized by a maladaptive pattern of use. 2.

Literature review
Drug abuse is th

Data collection sources
Primary data was obtained from the questionnaire. The process of distributing this questionnaire was done by simple random sampling. 100 % of the questionnaires were given to people that were teenagers on Saturday 10th December 2012 at the Rio Claro community centre. The questionnaire was an excellent means of obtaining data as the data collected was first hand and there was no third party handling the data so there was less room for tampering. The disadvantages of using this were that people may be dishonest and some may not return questionnaire. Thirty people were asked to answer a questionnaire that consisted of 17 questions and thirty questionnaires were obtained at the end of the research. All the data was quantative. Secondary data was obtained via the internet, newspaper and books. The information obtained from the internet was used to obtain background information about the topic and to further answer the research question. Books were used to get proper definitions and to get the biological perspective of drug abuse. The data was helpful at it helped me to better understand the topic of drug abuse. Both sources contributed to a better understanding of the topic as knowledge was gained about the problem from both sources.

Presentation, interpretation and discussion of findings

1. Do you go to church/mosque/temple?
Often O
Sometimes O
Not at all O

Graph 2 showing types of families that the candidates lived in

The graph above shows the types of families that the candidates live in. more than half the candidates lived in single parent families,

Graph 3 showing weather candidates go to church/mosque/temple

Conclusion, limitations and recommendations

Appendix 1
A pleasant good day. My name is Shenell Lal and I go to cowen Hamilton secondary school. For my Caribbean studies internal assessment I am studying drug abuse and its causes and effects in my community of Rio Claro. Your participation in answering the following questionnaire is greatly appreciated. The information collected is strictly confidential. Thank you in advance. Please tick the appropriate boxes and answer in the spaces provided....
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