Consumption of legal and illegal drugs in adolescents in times of COVID-19

Consumption of legal and legal drugs in adolescents in times of COVID-19

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https://doi.org/10.19136/hs.a22n1.5017

Abstract

Objective: To know the consumption of tobacco, marijuana and cocaine in
Mexican adolescents in times of COVID-19.
Materials and methods: Quantitative, descriptive and cross-sectional study
carried out with 265 Mexican adolescents between 12 and 19 years of age,
chosen through a non-probabilistic sampling. The information was collected
using the SurveyMonkey digital platform, the data was processed in the SPSS
23.0 statistical program. Descriptive statistics were used to obtain frequencies,
proportions, measures of central tendency and variability.
Results: The average age was 17.8 years, the start of alcohol consumption was
at 16.7 years, tobacco at 16.8 years, marijuana at 17 years and cocaine at 17.3
years. The average number of alcoholic beverages consumed on a typical day
was 3.3, the average number of cigarettes consumed on a typical day was 2.2,
the average use of marijuana was 1.2, and that of cocaine was 2.5. 66.8% of
the participants have consumed alcohol at some time in their life, 49.9% have
consumed alcohol in the last year. 18.5% have consumed cigarettes at least once
in their life and only 13.6% consumed it in the last year. 7.2% of adolescents
have used marijuana at some time in their life and only 3.8% used it in the last
year. 3.4% have used cocaine at some time in their life and 1.9% in the last year.
Conclusions: The prevalence of licit and illicit drug use shows a significant
increase, which is worrying, since during adolescence any amount consumed is
risky and harmful to physical and mental health.
Keywords: Adolescent; Drugs; Illicit drugs, COVID-19

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Author Biographies

  • Pedro Moises Noh Moo, Autonomous University of Carmen

    Master in Nursing Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa. PhD student in Nursing Sciences from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León. Full-time Research Professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Autonomous University of Carmen. General Nurse of the Family Medicine Unit No. 12 of the Mexican Social Security Institute of Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico.

  • Jesica Guadalupe Ahumada Cortéz, Autonomous University of Sinaloa

    PhD in Nursing Sciences from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León. Full-time Research Professor at the Mochis Faculty of Nursing, Autonomous University of Sinaloa. Her line of research is addiction prevention and responsible sexuality. Member of the National System of Researchers (SIN-1), conacyt-Mexico.

  • Miguel Angel Villegas Pantoja, Autonomous University of Tamaulipas.

    Doctor of Nursing Sciences from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León. Full-time Research Professor at the Nuevo Laredo Nursing Faculty, Autonomous University of Tamaulipas. His line of research is addiction prevention. PRODEP profile by the secretary of public education and reviewer of profiles, groups and replicas for PRODEP. Member of the National System of Researchers (SIN-1), conacyt-Mexico. Recognized with the Emerging Nurse Research Award, Latin America and Caribbean (2019).

  • Carolina Valdez Montero, Autonomous University of Sinaloa

    PhD in Nursing Sciences from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León. Full-time Research Professor at the Mochis Faculty of Nursing, Autonomous University of Sinaloa. Her line of research is addiction prevention and responsible sexuality. Member of the National System of Researchers (SIN-1), conacyt-Mexico.

  • Lubia del Carmen Castillo Arcos, Autonomous University of Carmen.

    PhD in Nursing Sciences from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León. Full-time Research Professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Autonomous University of Carmen. Her line of research is addiction prevention and responsible sexuality. PRODEP profile. Member of the National System of Researchers (SIN-1), conacyt-Mexico.

  • Manuel Antonio Lopez Cisneros, Autonomous University of Carmen

    Doctor of Nursing Sciences from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León. Full-time Research Professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Autonomous University of Carmen. General Nurse at the Zone Hospital with Family Medicine No. 4 of the Mexican Institute of Social Security. His line of research is addiction prevention and responsible sexuality. PRODEP profile. Member of the National System of Researchers (SIN-1), conacyt-Mexico.

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2022-12-16

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Consumption of legal and illegal drugs in adolescents in times of COVID-19: Consumption of legal and legal drugs in adolescents in times of COVID-19. (2022). Horizonte Sanitario, 22(1), 107-115. https://doi.org/10.19136/hs.a22n1.5017

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