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Curtin University
Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health

Drug Use Among Drug Dependent Adolescents and Youths in Yunnan, China (2009-2011)

Investigators:

Chief Investigators

  • Lijun Yang  (Drug Research Institute, Yunnan Police Officer Academy)
  • Dr Jianghong Li (Centre for International Health and School of Public Health, Curtin University and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia)
  • Zhang Yiping (Drug Research Institute, Yunnan Police Officer Academy)
  • Zhang Wendong (Drug Research Institute, Yunnan Police Officer Academy)
  • Dai Fuqiang (Drug Research Institute, Yunnan Police Officer Academy)
  • Professor Bruce Maycock (WACHPR, Curtin University)

Collaborating Partners

  • Drug Research Institute, Yunnan Police Officer Academy
  • Centre for International Health, Curtin University
  • School of Public Health, Curtin University
  • Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia

Project Overview

The study investigated the reasons for initiating drug use in drug dependent adolescents and youths in five regions in Yunnan. The data were collected from a stratified random sample of 467 registered drug addicts aged 25 years and under. Curiosity was the most commonly reported reason for initiating drug use and the majority of the respondents reported having no or little knowledge of drug related harm. Heroin was the most frequently reported drug of use. The majority of the drug abusers initiated the use at age of 13-14 years or younger. There is a potential for sustained educational programs to reduce the high prevalence of adolescent drug use in Yunnan and recommendations regarding the development of interventions is currently taking place.

Publications

  • Yang, L., Li, J., Yiping, Z., Wendong, Z., Fuqiang, D., Ren, Z. & Maycock, B. (2009) Reported reasons for initiating drug use among drug-dependent adolescents and youths in Yunnan, China. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 35,(6),445-53.