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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 360-365

Psychoactive substance dependence in females. A three year review of patients on admission at an addiction treatment centre in North Central Nigeria


1 Department of Psychiatry, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria; Centre for Addiction Treatment and Research, Vom, Plateau State
2 Department of Psychiatry, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria
3 Centre for Addiction Treatment and Research, Vom, Plateau State

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Duwap Makput
Department of Psychiatry, Jos University Teaching Hospital, PMB 2076, Jos, Plateau State

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Background : Psychoactive Substance dependence is a chronic and relapsing brain disorder characterized by uncontrollable drug use despite negative physical, social and psychological consequences. Although regarded as a mainly male affair in the past, recent trends indicate that more females are becoming involved. Materials and Method: Data was collected from the case notes of all patients admitted into Centre for Addiction treatment Vom between January 2014 and December 2016 . Data was analyzed using SPSS 16.0. Results. There was a progressive increase in the number of female admissions. Their ages range from 16 to 47 years and 88.9 % were multiple substance abusers. Psycho-stimulants were the commonest substance of abuse among the females with a high rate of abuse of prescription medications, the commonest being tramadol. Injecting drug use was uncommon. Conclusion: Females are increasingly becoming involved in substance use.


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