CHARACTERISTICS OF COMSUMPTION OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS AMONG STUDENTS OF HEALTH SCIENCES

  • Gloria I. MARTÍNEZ D.
  • Lina M. MARTÍNEZ S.
  • María de los Ángeles RODRÍGUEZ G.
  • Paula A. MESA M.
  • Juan E. MUÑOZ M.
  • Julián BEDOYA M.
Keywords: Psychotropic drugs, Psychopharmacology, Pharmacoepidemiology

Abstract

Current Statistics report that psychotropic drugs consumption is increasing among young people and

this is related to social and demographic factors such as age and gender, and also to psychosocial factors as

friends influence and personal relations inside the family. The aim of this study is to determine social and

demographic characteristics as well as prevalence and patterns of psychotropic drugs use among students

of health sciences- medicine and nursery-. Pharmacological groups, the most used drugs, prevalence,

frequency, and person who motivates psychotropic drugs consumption are also investigated. A crosssectional

study was carried out with 820 students queried, 71.7% are female, and the group average age

is 21.1 years. Prevalence use of psychotropic drugs is 18.3% for nursery and 16.5% for medicine, but this

difference is not statistically significant, and it is greater in men (19%) than in women (10%), p=0.02.

The findings of this study confirm the world tendency of high psychotropic drugs consumption among

young people, where antidepressants appear in the first place (12.9%) independent if the consumption

comes of medical prescription or self-medication.

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Published
2009-02-17
How to Cite
MARTÍNEZ D. G. I., MARTÍNEZ S. L. M., RODRÍGUEZ G. M. de los Ángeles, MESA M. P. A., MUÑOZ M. J. E., & BEDOYA M. J. (2009). CHARACTERISTICS OF COMSUMPTION OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS AMONG STUDENTS OF HEALTH SCIENCES. Vitae, 15(2). Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/vitae/article/view/796
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Pharmaceutical Care