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The objective of the study was to examine the common trend of substances used among a group of tertiary institution students, the presence of psychopathology and the relationship between them. The students of a tertiary educational institution in Edo State (Edo State Polytechnic, Usen) formed the study population. The instrument was designed for socio-demographic data collection and the 12 item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ 12) to screen for psychopathology with a cut off point of 0/1. A total of 172 respondents participated. Males were more (61.6%) with a mean age of 23.32±6.20. A percentage of 43.6 consumed alcohol, while smoking was found in 29.1% and 51.8% do not consume any psychoactive substance. Approximately 54.65% of the respondents had psychopathologies, but this did not have any statistically significant relationship with substance use. Substance use was not significantly associated with psychiatric morbidity in this study population.
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