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|Title: ||Determinants of khat consumption in Arua Municipality|
|Authors: ||Mubangizi, Alfred|
|Keywords: ||Khat - Uganda|
|Issue Date: ||17-Jul-2009 |
|Abstract: ||Introduction: khat (cannabis) is increasingly being used in Uganda as a stimulant especially by the youth. The habit of chewing khat has been seen as a phenomenon of drug addiction. This study focused on the factors that determine khat use.
Methodology: this was a case control study with participants aged 18years and in the community. Snow ball sampling procedure was used to get respondents. Bivariate and Multivariate logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with khat consumption.
Results: Those associated with taking khat were under 24 years old (OR 2.9, 95% CI 1.36-6.23), being a male (OR 3.4, 95% CI 1.26-8.97), being a Moslem (OR 7.7, 95% CI 3.57-16.7 or being a refugee (OR 2.9, 95% CI 1.64-5.04)
Conclusion: Khat consumption is determined by being under 24years old, being a Moslem, being a male and a refugee.
Public health actions: There should be sensitization programmes against khat consumption. There is need to reach out for young people, those who have not attained formal education and men. The cultural aspect of khat consumption needs to be addressed by sensitization through religious and cultural institutions.|
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