Substance use among females –Study from Rural Western India


  • Kajal Srivastava Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Maharashtra
  • Hetal K Rathod Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Maharashtra
  • Parul Sharma GMERS Medical College Dharpur Patan, Gujarat
  • Jyoti Landage Nootan Medical College and Research Centre, Visnagar, Gujarat
  • Shaili Vyas Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun
  • Amitav Banerjee Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Maharashtra



Females, Substance Use, Rural


Background: Substance abuse is a common health problem which affects individual and takes a toll on not only person consuming it rather all members of society related to that person. Aim & Objective: The purpose of study was to determine the prevalence of substance use among females & to know the reasons for same and association of socio-demographic profile and substance use. Settings and Design: Cross-sectional study was conducted among females attending OPD at rural health training centre of a medical college for 6months duration. Total 500 females were interviewed for same by convenience sampling. Methods and Material: After taking informed consent from participants all the information was collected on predesigned and pretested oral questionnaire. Statistical analysis used: Qualitative Data was presented in the form of numbers and percentages. Test of significance such as chi-square was applied. Statistical analysis was done using MedCalc version 19.1 and Epi-info7. Results: Prevalence of substance use was found very high as 74%. Most common form of substance use was tobacco chewing at 77.03%. Abuse was maximum among females educated up to primary level (82.3%). Near about 72.7% were using substance out of curiosity. 84.32% were interested in quitting abuse. Conclusions: Substance use prevalence was very high affecting health of females adversely.


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Srivastava K, Rathod HK, Sharma P, Landage J, Vyas S, Banerjee A. Substance use among females –Study from Rural Western India. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2021 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Jun. 23];33(2):309-13. Available from:



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