USA (PRWEB) August 29, 2014
According to new research presented in a Science Daily article entitled Peers, But Not Peer Pressure, Key to Prescription Drug Misuse Among Young Adults (8/16), peer pressure should not be the primary focus for 18-29 year olds when it comes to prescription drug abuse. Researchers from Purdue University have found that the for this age group the real problem which influences misuse of prescription drugs is access to friends with drugs, drug associations and recreational use of them to have fun with other using friends. Evidently there is not such a problem with friends pressuring friends to use prescription drugs, rather the issue is the access to them. In this particular study, which was conducted over a two year period with over 400 participants, peers had an influence on the frequency that prescription drugs were abused, the ways in which they were administered and the dependency symptoms associated with drugs. Researchers conclude that for individuals between the ages of 18 and 29, the need to have a good time with friends, and perhaps family, is much more significant when it comes to abuse and misuse of prescription drugs.
This study is important because it can help to better understand methods to battle prescription drug addiction among individuals of this age group, and ways in which it can be somewhat avoided. It highlights the fact that perhaps fighting peer pressure for this age group is not as effective as once believed, or as it might be with adolescents who are high school aged.
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