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Awareness on Substance Abuse among Universiti Utara Malaysia Students

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Substances abuse are substances taken illegally and are listed under the 1952 Poisons Act such as kratom and are listed under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 such as heroin, opium, ketamine, methamphetamine, cannabis, and other substances that causes addiction or dependency physically or psychologically. This survey was carried out to study the awareness of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) students on substance abuse. This study is a survey and is a quantitative study. A group of 159 students were randomly selected from the Creative Industry Management and Performing Arts programme (SCIMPA) in UUM. A study instrument in the form of a questionnaire from previous study was used. The collected data are then analyses using descriptive tests through the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 22. The result showed that a majority of students had awareness on substance abuse and its effects on the users. Most of them also reported having awareness on the usage of kratom and cough medication. However, results also showed that the students had less awareness on the usage of prohibited substances such as opium, morphine, depressants and other hallucinogens because they seldom hear of these substances. Besides that, students are also aware of the negative effects of using prohibited substances. Hence, some suggestions are also discussed by the researcher regarding how to handle the issue of prohibited substances use in UUM campus so as to ensure the welfare of UUM students. © 2019, Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. All rights reserved.

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... Section 9 stated that any person who export from or import into Malaysia, possess or involve in manufacturing or sell prepared opium shall be liable for conviction. The restriction of using any premise or utensils for making, selling, smoking or consumption of prepared opium also has been stated in Section 10 of this Act [15][16][17]. Dangerous Act 1952 also restricts the importation, exportation, administration to others and also selfadministration of any dangerous drug indicated in Parts III, IV, and V of the First Schedule. ...
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The pharmaceutical business of Malaysia has been encountering dynamic development throughout the years. Sales and advertising need obligations of pharmaceutical organizations to spread the product information and materials through a precise regulatory pathway of advancing the sales of products. The pharmaceutical manufacturing hub in Malaysia is under the supervision of the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Malaysia. An execution of various laws and the establishment of regulating authorities have been done to govern the pharmaceutical business and protecting the community. While the laws are executed, the legislature or related specialists should watch out for the present medicinal issues to pass judgment on the viability of the current laws in overseeing the pharmaceutical sales and advertisement. The public should be exposed to the advertisements which help the consumers to settle on level-headed choices on the utilization of medications without confounding, misdirecting and beguiling cases. However, such activities are commendable if they are following the enactment and rules provided by the respective authority.
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