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Relationship between Drug Abuse and Level of Education (A Case Study of Wattala Divisional Secretariat Division)

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BAU Nimalaweera

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Kelaniya, LK
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The purpose of this study is to identify the relationship between drug abuse and education level. An abused drug is generally considered an agent which makes a person physically and mentally imbalanced. During the last two decades, drug abuse has been identified as a growing phenomenon in Sri Lanka.  Among several factors it is believed that the low level of education is the most significant cause for the severity of the problem.

A sample of fifty (50) youth between the ages of 18-30 was selected from the inmates at the 'Miduma' rehabilitation centre in Wattala divisional secretariat division. Random sampling method was applied for data collection.

Many of these youth have dropped out of school before sitting the GCE ordinary level examination. About 35% of the respondents believe that they cannot discontinue the drugs. There is a tendency of the abusers engaging in other crimes. Those with low education are less responsive to rehabilitation programmes. A positive social reaction: supportive after-care towards helping them to turn a new chapter in their lives is necessary for the success of action to eliminate the drug abuse and rehabilitation process in Sri Lanka.

Key Words: Drug abuse; Level of education

Sri Lankan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol.1(1) July 2009

How to Cite: Nimalaweera, B., 2010. Relationship between Drug Abuse and Level of Education (A Case Study of Wattala Divisional Secretariat Division). Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(1), p.None.
Published on 09 Dec 2010.
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