University Student Attitudes Toward Illicit Drug Use and Trafficking in Russia

Valentina Gritsenko, Yulia Gavronova, Olga Khalepo, Alexander Reznik, Richard Isralowitz

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This article deals with research of Russian university student attitudes toward drug use. Research was conducted in 2015; and, 150 students from Smolensk universities took part. The sample consists of three age groups of students: 17–18, 19, and 20 years and older. Study results show students view people with addiction in a negative context - weak, stupid, unreliable, and unhappy. Also, attitudes reflect support for extreme punishment of drug traffickers for drug distribution blaming Roma “Gypsies.” Age of the student respondents was a significant factor affecting attitudes – older students have a more negative attitude about people with addiction and are more inclined to call for harsh punishment. Study results provide usable information for drug policy, education and prevention efforts in Russia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-355
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • Addiction
  • Attitudes
  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug use
  • Russian university students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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