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Vol. 10 - Num. 39

Original Papers

Experience of addiction to drugs in a group of adolescents

Pedro J. Gorrotxategi Gorrotxategia, E De la Iglesia de la Calleb, MS Santos Izaguirrec, MJ Aramburu Bengoechead

aPediatra. CS Pasaia San Pedro. Pasajes. Guipúzcoa. España.
bPediatra. CS de Beraun. Rentería. Guipúzcoa. España.
cDUE. CS de Beraun. Rentería. Guipúzcoa. España.
dBecaria investigación. Hospital Donostia. Guipúzcoa. España.

Correspondence: PJ Gorrotxategi. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Gorrotxategi Gorrotxategi PJ, De la Iglesia de la Calle E, Santos Izaguirre MS, Aramburu Bengoechea MJ. Experience of addiction to drugs in a group of adolescents. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2008;10:409-22.

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Objective: to evaluate the attitude of the adolescents and the magnitude of the drug consumption, both legal and illegal, through a survey, in order to infer the formative needs and to work on a preventive and health´s promotion program.

Subject and methods: an anonymous survey to the students of two Secondary Schools of the health area. Four hundred and forty-five surveys have been made to adolescents between 14 y 18 (mean: 16.04), 13 were excluded because of insufficient information.

Results: one hundred and eighty-four adolescents (45%) say that they have smoked in the last 6 months, 217 have drunk alcohol (64%), 111 have taken cannabis (44%), 21 cocaine (9%) and pills (MDMA, amphetamines) (7%). Twenty-two percent of the adolescents have no taken any of these substances. As for the consideration of those products as drugs, they all agree that the heroin is a drug, but that was not so clear in the case of the rest, with the next percentages: cocaine (98%), pills (98%), hashish (96%), tobacco (80%) and finally alcohol (64%).

Conclusions: alcohol is the most consumed drug by these adolescents and it is what they consider the least as a drug. The same happens, in a lesser extent, with tobacco and hashish. It´s necessary to give the adolescents true information about the danger and consequences of the "legal drugs".


Adolescents Alcoholism Drug addiction Prevention Primary care Tobacco addiction

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