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NADAPP Secondary School Survey 2013
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

This Report documents the results of the National Secondary School Drug Survey which was conducted in Trinidad and Tobago in September 2013. The survey had been coordinated through the National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programme, NADAPP and directed and supported by the Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), an entity of the OAS - Organization of American States. A national coordinator, and recruited field workers administered the survey supported by an Independent Technical Advisor. The general purpose of the survey was to collect comparative information from a number of regional territories, on the prevalence of drug use among students. In Trinidad and Tobago a sample of Forms 2, 4, 5, and 6, 11- 17 year old students, in the secondary educational system participated using a standardized questionnaire. The drugs covered in this survey were alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, marijuana, hashish, solvents and inhalants, tranquilizers, stimulants, coca paste, cocaine and crack, the opioids—opium and morphine, hallucinogens, prescription drugs, and local substances including energy drinks, stout, and hemp.

The research survey met the following objectives, described as:

  • Patterns of family behaviours and parental relationships with students
  • The use of psychoactive substances: exposure to supply and use, and students opinions on
    use, among other areas of interest
  • The prevalence of psychoactive substance use by gender, age, grade level, type of school
    (public, private or semi-private; all-female, all-male, and co-educational), and school
  • The prevalence of psychoactive substance use by students; licit and illicit drugs,
    including alcohol and other drugs: once in a lifetime, over the past 12 months, and over
    the past 30 days.
  • Patterns of use, and risk perception on use of various psychotropic substances

The methodology involved a two-stage, random cluster sampling procedure to select the student sample of average ages of 13, 15, 16 and 17 years old. Stage one was the selection of schools from eight Education districts. The number of public and private schools selected within each district was proportional to the number of schools within each district in both Trinidad and in Tobago.

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