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African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Drug use disorders among long distance commercial vehicle drivers

Authors: Christopher I. Okpataku

Journal: African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies

This study investigates substance use disorders among long-distance commercial vehicle drivers in Kaduna, Nigeria. Each consecutive 4 th long distance driver who was to load his vehicle on each day was interviewed using the Schedule for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN) to generate an International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) substance use diagnosis until a sample size of 274 was attained. The data was analysed using the SPSS version 16.0. The current and life time prevalence of an ICD-10 diagnosis was 18.4%, and 21.2% respectively. None of them had received any form of medical treatment for drug problems. Substance use disorder occur among long distance commercial vehicle drivers, and there is a need to develop a system that identifies substance use disorders and provides treatment for drug users as part of a holistic approach against drugged-driving. Keywords: Drug-use disorders, long-distance commercial drivers, Nigeria