Substance abuse by rural high school students: a case study of one high school in Mutasa District Situated In Rural Zimbabwe
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The study sought to identify how rural high school students are prone to substance abuse as compared to abuse by urban high school students. A research was conducted at a high school in rural areas. The target population was 1320 boys and girls at this high schopl. A sample of 132 boys and girls was selected. The study identified riskfactors associated with substance abuse, the consequences of substance abuse by students at the high school in forms 1-6. The implications of the findings for a large rural high school are discussed. Recommendations are put forward and these were advocating for the execution of a protracted and comprehensive educational programme of substance abuse by students. Prevention and reduction measures are advocated for where the entire community actively participates. Key words: Alcohol, substance abuse, risk factors, tolerance, withdrawal, students.