The current study aimed at exploring the attitude and risk perception of the students towards drug abuse.
It was conducted through a quantitative survey technique in the educational institutions (Schools, Colleges and
Universities) of four metropolitan cities of Pakistan. The sample size for the survey was 4997 students, using a multistage cluster sampling technique. The study found that although a majority (79%) of the students has a negative attitude
towards the use of drugs, and consider its consumption as risky (poor health, lack of sleep, physical weakness, low
academic performance, family conflicts and involvement in crimes), yet every fifth of the students is vulnerable to become
a drug addict, as 21 percent of the respondent’s regard drug consumption as a risk-free activity. Conclusively, findings
of the study, even though limited in the scope, are important to understand adolescent behaviour to ascertain the
direction of future public policy on drug abuse in Pakistan.
1-Rahat Shah PhD Scholar, Department of Sociology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.2-Imran Sabir Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.3-Saba Aslam Khan PhD Scholar, Department of Sociology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Risk perception, Attitude, Drug abuse, Students, Pakistan.