Bases of Early Onset of Drugs in a Sample Population in Atlantic Canada
Edith Samuel

Drugs have posed to be an ongoing struggle for many young people in Canada today. This qualitative study of 14 drug users in a small town in Atlantic Canada exposes the bases and initiation of early drug use in adolescents. Using interviews, this qualitative inquiry focuses on dysfunctional family background, broken homes, parental alcoholism, and peer pressureas being the underlying factors leading to an early onset of drugs. The analysis further suggests that the age for the onset of drugs is declining. This alarming trend is unique and pioneering in this investigation. The study recommends an increased awareness of risk and protective factors to deter the occurrence of drug-use in family, school, and community.

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