• 1 Institute for Public Health, National Institutes of Health, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Shah Alam, Malaysia
  • 2 Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Putrajaya, Malaysia
Asia Pac J Public Health, 2019 11;31(8_suppl):48S-56S.
PMID: 31347375 DOI: 10.1177/1010539519865053


This study was carried out to determine the prevalence of illicit drug use and its associated factors among male adolescents in Malaysia. Data of 13 135 adolescents were extracted from the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2017, a cross-sectional survey among school-going adolescents in Malaysia aged between 13 and 17 years, using a 2-stage stratified cluster sampling. A complex sample design analysis and multiple logistic regression analysis were applied. The overall prevalence of lifetime illicit drug use among male adolescents was 6.6%. The multivariable model showed that illicit drug use among male adolescents were associated with younger age, rural school area, marital status of parent, current smoker, ever having sex, truancy, involved in physical fight, and lack of peer support. The findings from this study can assist community and relevant authorities in their efforts to combat illicit drug usage among adolescents using intervention programs that diminishes risk factors and enhances the protective factors.

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