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Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use Among American YouthNonmedical Prescription Drug Use Among American YouthJessica E. PerronSouthern New Hampshire University
Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use Among American YouthMilestone OneNonmedical prescription drug use, otherwise known as the “The Opioid Crisis” is aserious issue among American Adolescents and Young Adults. The use of prescription drug fornonmedical reasons, with or without a prescription is the fastest growing drug problem in theUS. (Martins et. all). Researchers are now beginning to study and examine the use nonmedicalprescription 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 inrelation to peer and parent influence on nonmedical prescription drug use. It is important tounderstand the differences between these groups in order to recognize which groups ofadolescents are at the highest risk for prescription drug misuse. The study intended to answer 3questions to further investigate the influence of perceived parental and peer disapproval ofvarious use on nonmedical use of prescription drug use (NMUPD). The specific questions withinthe 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) Ifthere is a significant relation between Peer and Parents influence between ethnic groups, whatare the observed differences. It is important to identify and understand not only whichethnic/racial groups are at highest risk for NMUPD but also how peer and parent influence play arole in the likelihood of adolescents using prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes. Theindependent variables in this study are the Ethnic/Racial Groups and Peer/Parent influence. The
Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use Among American Youthdependent variable is the perceived disapproval of peer and parents of the adolescents whoparticipated in the study.