PSY108 Final Project.docx - Running head ACTION PLAN 1 Action Plan Tabitha L Bethel Southern New Hampshire University ACTION PLAN 2 This action plan

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Running head: ACTION PLAN 1 Action Plan Tabitha L. Bethel Southern New Hampshire University
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ACTION PLAN 2 This action plan will consider the growing problem of prescription drug abuse among rural teens. Studies have shown that when looking at drug abuse in teens, prescription drug abuse is the only drug that shows a significant difference of misuse between rural and urban areas (Gever, 2010). Why do rural areas have such an effect on the abuse of prescription drugs? Understanding what effects the rural area has on teen drug abuse and why it is a greater problem in rural areas can provide important information on the solution for the problem, but as it stands now, teen drug abuse in rural areas continues to rise with no solution is sight. Drug abuse in teens is a problem no matter where you are, but as we continue to research the problem, we learn that location plays a key role in the overuse and non- medical use of prescription drugs. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, dropping out of college, having a history of major depression and living in a two- parent household have a dramatic impact on teens abusing prescription drugs (Gever, 2010). These risk factors seem to be more likely relevant to teens living in rural areas. Shutting down pill mills and "pain management" clinics in rural areas poses another problem when it comes to fighting teen drug abuse because it can take years to secure prosecutions in drug related investigations (Nieves, 2012). Shutting down pill mills and other means of acquiring prescription drugs in rural areas will play another major role in decreasing pill addiction is teens. “The Role of Traumatic Event History in Non-medical Use of Prescription Drugs,” is an article describing an experiment designed to discover how potentially traumatic events correlate with non-medical prescription drug use in young adults. The goal of this research is to discover likely causes of adolescent non-medical prescription
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ACTION PLAN 3 drug use so that the targeted audience can do more to prevent NMPDU in future and current adolescents. The researchers discover that NMPDU was chosen by 6.7% of the tested adolescents and that most of these adolescents had a lifetime history of violence, and other forms of abuse/substance abuse. The researchers concluded that there is reason to believe risk reduction efforts targeting the use of non-medical use of prescription drugs would be especially successful for young adults that have witnessed a significant level of violence. (McCauley, Danielson, Amstadter, Ruggierro, Resnick, Hanson, Smith, Saunders and Kilpatrick, 2010) The main psychological concepts referred to in this study, is the concept of learning and intelligence. The history of traumatic events effects how adolescents can learn and see the world, it doesn’t make them less intelligent, just changes the way they gain their intelligence. Witnessing violence can change how an adolescent learns, and “teens reporting witnessing violence having twice the odds of also reporting lifetime NMUPD” (McCauley et al., 2009)
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