This study examined the use of hard drugs and mental problems among teenagers in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state A survey of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Okaka. The study was guided by four objectives and four corresponding research questions. The study adopted Durkheims theory. The research design adopted for this study was a descriptive survey. The population of the study consists of 350 Nigerian Prison personnel and 250 inmates from OkakaYenagoa Correctional Centre making a total of 550. Nigerian Prison Service Bulletin, 2021 . A sample size of two hundred and thirty two 232 representing 38 of the population was selected through a simple random sampling technique. The instrument used for this study was a researcher designed structure questionnaire. Percentages were used to describe the demographic characteristics of the respondents and research questions. Findings revealed that there was a great awareness of the ills of using hard drugs and some typology of hard drugs. Therefore, the following recommendations were made the government at all levels should effectively enforce rules and regulations guiding the consumption of hard drugs in Bayelsa state. The family institution should be properly planned and organized to operate at a measurable level of socio economic status where the basic needs of man can be provided by parents to avoid addictive lifestyle. Oyeinfie E. Jonjon "Teenagers Use of Hard Drugs and Mental Health Problems in Bayelsa State, a Case Study of Okaka Correctional Service Centre" Published in International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development (ijtsrd), ISSN: 2456-6470, Volume-5 | Issue-3 , April 2021, URL: https://www.ijtsrd.com/papers/ijtsrd41084.pdf Paper URL: https://www.ijtsrd.com/humanities-and-the-arts/sociology/41084/teenagers-use-of-hard-drugs-and-mental-health-problems-in-bayelsa-state-a-case-study-of-okaka-correctional-service-centre/oyeinfie-e-jonjon
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