Drug use among prisoners in three main prisons in Khartoum, Sudan


By El-Fatih Idris A. Karim, Hamid Mannan Mohamed, Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed, Sana Abdel Azim Mohammed.


Drug use among prisoners in the three main prisons in Khartoum, Sudan in 1994 was studied. The results show variations in the use of drugs with regard to age, occupation, education, marital status and social status of inmates. Drug use was common among most prisoners, with alcohol and hashish being the most frequently used drugs. Alcohol use was more common among married prisoners; hashish use was more popular among single prisoners. Alcohol was frequently used with other drugs. Most prisoners started using drugs between the ages of 12 and 20 years. The principal reasons for drug use were temptation by friends and to escape social pressures.


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