• Hasanain Faisal Ghazi Community Medicine Unit, International Medical School, Management and Science University, Malaysia.


Objectives: Drug abuse especially among teenagers is an alarming issue and has been a serious public health problem worldwide. The aim of the study is to access the knowledge, attitude and practice on drug abuse among Pahang Matriculation students in 2016.Methods: A cross­-sectional study was conducted involving 300 matriculation students.  A self-determined questionnaire was distributed among the students. Results:  shown that prevalence of good knowledge on drug abuse was (82.03%) whereas 39 (17.97%) have poor knowledge. The prevalence of students’ attitude on drug abuse has higher number of good attitude with the sum of 182 (83.9%) while those who have poor attitude are only 35 (16.1%). The prevalence of practice on drug abuse among students was found that they have higher number of good practice with 215 (99.1%) while those with poor practice denote only 2 (9%). Only gender showed a significant association with students’ knowledge (P= 0.046) while all the other variables except gender showed that, there is no significant difference with P-value of more than 0.05.  Conclusion: the knowledge, attitude, and practice of drug abuse among Pahang Matriculation students are good.Keywords: Knowledge and Practice, Attitude, Drug Abuse, Students, Malaysia.


Gill, J. S., Rusdi, A. R., Koh Ong Hui, Rosy Jawan. (2010). History of Illicit Drug Use in Malaysia - A Review. International Journal of Addiction Sciences, 1, 1-6.

Norliza, C. Norni, A., Singh A., & Mohd F. M. (2014). A Review of Substance Abuse Research in Malaysia. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 69, 55-58.

Kamarudin H, Abd Majid Mi, Abdull Halim A, Et Al. A Study Of Drug Abuse Among New Students Of Institutions Of Higher Learning. Malaysian Anti-Drugs Journal 2007; (2): 1-12

Nabilah Hamudin (2015) Alarming rise in drug abuse among youths an alarming trend. Available at:


Bryan, A., Moran, R., Farrell, E., & O'brien, M. (2000). Drug-Related Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs in Ireland: Report of a Nation-Wide Survey. Dublin: The Health Research Board.

Chie, Q., Tam, C., Bonn, G., Wong, C., Dang, H. And Khairuddin, R. (2015). Drug Abuse, Relapse, And Prevention Education In Malaysia: Perspective Of University Students Through A Mixed Methods Approach. Frontiers In Psychiatry, 6.

United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime VIENNA (2004). School-Based Education For Drug Abuse Prevention. Available at:

Tsering D, Pal R, Dasgupta A. Substance use among adolescent high school students in India: A survey of knowledge, attitude, and opinion. J Pharm Bioall Sci 2010;2:137-40

Public Health Research Articles