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Acta toxicológica argentina

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BIOLATTO, Silvana et al. Psychoactive Drugs Use Among High-School Students In Rosario (Argentina). Acta toxicol. argent. [online]. 2020, vol.28, n.2, pp.45-52. ISSN 1851-3743.

Adolescence is characterized by anxiety, peer-pressure, identity search, etc. All these features contribute to experiment with Psychoactive Drugs (P.D.). P.D. use is a global health problem that has its onset during adolescence. The developing of prevention policies according to a specific population needs the knowledge of the levels and patterns of P.D. use. The goal of the present work was to evaluate P.D.’s level of contact and patterns of use among high school students in Rosario (Argentina). Between 2013 and 2016, a total of 1064 students were surveyed. The results showed that P.D. use (at least once in a lifetime) was significantly higher in 2016 compared to previous years. However, when the use of legal vs illegal P.D. was discriminated we found that such increase was due to higher use of alcohol and tobacco; while the illegal P.D. use remained constant. Moreover, in 2016 we found a decrease in the age of onset as well as a change in the patterns of P.D use. However, all these results must be analyzed taking into account intrinsic differences of the sample.

Palabras clave : Psychoactive drugs (P.D.); Adolescence; Levels of use; P.D. patterns of use.

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