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Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use Among American Youth Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use Among American Youth Jessica E. Perron Southern New Hampshire University
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Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use Among American Youth Milestone One Nonmedical prescription drug use, otherwise known as the “The Opioid Crisis” is a serious issue among American Adolescents and Young Adults. The use of prescription drug for nonmedical reasons, with or without a prescription is the fastest growing drug problem in the US. (Martins et. all). Researchers are now beginning to study and examine the use nonmedical prescription drug among adolescents and young adults. Within these age groups, education level, ethnic groups, peer and parents influence are being investigated. Conn, 2014 discusses the differences between ethnic and racial groups were studied in relation to peer and parent influence on nonmedical prescription drug use. It is important to understand the differences between these groups in order to recognize which groups of adolescents are at the highest risk for prescription drug misuse. The study intended to answer 3 questions to further investigate the influence of perceived parental and peer disapproval of various use on nonmedical use of prescription drug use (NMUPD). The specific questions within the study were: (1) Are there differences in rates of NMUPD among ethnic/racial groups? (2) Does Peer and Parent disapproval of drug use influence an adolescents’ use of NMUPD? (3) If there is a significant relation between Peer and Parents influence between ethnic groups, what are the observed differences. It is important to identify and understand not only which ethnic/racial groups are at highest risk for NMUPD but also how peer and parent influence play a role in the likelihood of adolescents using prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes. The independent variables in this study are the Ethnic/Racial Groups and Peer/Parent influence. The
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Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use Among American Youth dependent variable is the perceived disapproval of peer and parents of the adolescents who participated in the study.
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