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IMPACT OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AMONG ADOLESCENT STUDENTS OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN KWARA STATE, NIGERIA
The study investigated the impact of substance abuse on adolescent on academic performance in colleges of education in Kwara State.. The design used for the study was the survey. A sample of 150 adolescent students was randomly selected form selected departments in three colleges of education in the State. A validated instrument, Drug Habit Inventory (DHI, Fayombo, 1998) was used to collect relevant data and objective tests on Educational and General Studies were also used to test academic performance of these students. The data collected was analyzed using a t-test to analyse the hypotheses of differences. The findings show that there is significant difference between the academic performance and students who abuse drugs and those who do not and there is significant gender difference among adolescent substance abusers on the basis of academic performance. Based on the findings, recommendations were made on campaigns against substance use should be incorporated in health education curricula of colleges of education with special focus on the adverse consequences of the substances used and establishment of Counselling Centres for Drug Control: Counselling centres should be established in every colleges of education by the government or private individuals. Keywords: Substance Abuse, Drug, Adolescence, colleges of education.