Navigation Links
Peers, but not peer pressure, key to prescription drug misuse among young adults
Date:8/15/2014

SAN FRANCISCO Current efforts to prevent prescription drug misuse among young adults need to consider peers but not peer pressure according to a Purdue University study.

"With the 18-29 age group we may be spending unnecessary effort working a peer pressure angle in prevention and intervention efforts. That does not appear to be an issue for this age group," said study co-author Brian Kelly, a professor of sociology and anthropology who studies drug use and youth cultures. "Rather, we found more subtle components of the peer context as influential. These include peer drug associations, peers as points of drug access, and the motivation to misuse prescription drugs to have pleasant times with friends."

This research, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will be presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association by study co-author Alexandra Marin, a Purdue sociology doctoral student.

Prescription drug misuse has risen considerably during the 21st century and is the most commonly abused substance after alcohol and marijuana for people 14 and older, according to NIDA. Popular prescription drugs that are most frequently misused are sedatives, painkillers, and stimulants.

"People normally think about peer pressure in that peers directly and actively pressure an individual to do what they are doing," said Kelly, who also is director of Purdue's Center for Research on Young People's Health. "This study looks at that form of direct social pressure as well as more indirect forms of social pressure. We find that friends are not actively pressuring them, but it's a desire to have a good time alongside friends that matters."

The findings, collected from 2011-13, are based on survey interviews with 404 adults ages 18 to 29 who misused prescription drugs in the past 90 days. Two-hundred fourteen in-person interviews also were conducted. These individuals were recruited from popular nightlife locations such as bars, clubs, and lounges in New York City. Average misuse of prescription drugs, such as painkillers, sedatives and stimulants, was 38 times in the past 90 days.

This study evaluated the role of peer factors on three prescription drug misuse outcomes: the frequency of misuse; administering drugs in ways other than swallowing, such as sniffing, smoking, and injecting the drugs; and symptoms of dependency on prescription drugs.

"We found that peer drug associations are positively associated with all three outcomes," Kelly said. "If there are high perceived social benefits or low perceived social consequences within the peer network, they are more likely to lead to a greater frequency of misuse, as well as a greater use of non-oral methods of administration and a greater likelihood of displaying symptoms of dependence. The motivation to misuse prescription drugs to have a good time with friends is also associated with all three outcomes. The number of sources of drugs in their peer group also matters, which is notable since sharing prescription drugs is common among these young adults."

Kelly and Marin collaborated with Purdue assistant professor of sociology Michael Vuolo, as well as professors Brooke E. Wells and Jeffrey T. Parsons from the City University of New York's Hunter College.


'/>"/>

Contact: Daniel Fowler
pubinfo@asanet.org
202-527-7885
American Sociological Association
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Behavioral support from peers, staff lowers patients blood pressure
2. Girls Peers, Not Media, May Exert Most Pressure to Be Thin
3. Even Toddlers Succumb to Peer Pressure, Study Says
4. Fitness Fights High Blood Pressure, Even With Family History
5. Black stroke survivors have higher blood pressure, increased risk of repeat stroke
6. Automated calls help patients in under-developed countries manage blood pressure, U-M study finds
7. Sensors Technologies Market (Image, Pressure, Flow & Level) Analysis in New Research Report at ReportsnReports.com
8. Yoga May Help Ease High Blood Pressure, Study Finds
9. Nearly 1 in 4 grandparents store prescription medicines where children can easily find them
10. Many Who First Misuse Prescription Pills Get Them From Friends, Family: Report
11. 16 years old is peak risk for teens misusing prescription drugs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... After raising more than $1.135 million ($1,479,231 AUD) ... travel pillow in crowdfunding history, has established a U.S. Headquarters in New York ... to Americans. , “We’re excited to be operating on U.S. shores, where most of ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... ... conference will prominently feature 150+ Hospital and Health System Executive Speakers including: , ... 43rd President of the United States of America: George W. Bush , ... the Ring: Sugar Ray Leonard , JD, Chairperson, McGuireWoods LLP: Amber McGraw Walsh ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated ... Health on VoiceAmerica, recently talked on her program about how she is looking forward ... remind listeners of an important distinction. World Water Day, Kleyne pointed out, is an ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... help improve all aspects of people’s health and nutrition, announced its product Leyzene ... , Natural Subsistence develops nutritional supplements that help people improve all aspects ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... ... Inflow IQ & Inflownomics of Raleigh, NC introduce a powerful information access network. ... experts in dangerous situations the Inflow IQ team can help people. Get ready ... & refreshing knowledge systems that enhance life. , Authentically enjoy 500 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... 2017  Ethicon* today announced the completion of ... held medical device company that manufactures and markets ... treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). This acquisition ... portfolio of minimally invasive options for patients suffering ... of the transaction have not been disclosed. ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... YORK , March 23, 2017 ... sample preparation market is expected to reach USD 7.2 billion ... of 7.1%. Sample preparation is a procedure in which a ... crucial step in most analytical procedures since the methods are ... preparation is one of the most shared procedures in the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 2017  Drug diversion is a significant contributing ... overdoses. A new oral fluid monitoring test, announced ... reports more detailed and actionable information to clinicians ... therapy adherence, patient safety, and help to identify ... fluid Rx Evaluation (CORE) system is the first ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: