Nonmedical Use of Prescription Medications: An Emerging Risk Behavior Among Rural Adolescents

Sara B. Levine, Susan M. Coupey

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Abstract

Little is known about prescription medication abuse by rural youth. We surveyed 849 rural high school students and found that 34% reported lifetime nonmedical use of prescription medication higher than the 12% reported nationally. Boys and marijuana users had higher odds of nonmedical use of prescription medication than did girls or marijuana nonusers (odds ratio 1.9 and 3.8, respectively).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-409
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

Keywords

  • Drug use
  • Nonmedical use of prescription medications
  • Rural adolescents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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