This study examined several reasons for the increase in prescription drug abuse among adolescents in Orange County, California and the outcomes and consequences associated with the increase. The initial proposition listed teen perception, parental negligence, and easy accessibility as hypothesized for the increase. Addiction and physical risk were proposed as outcomes and consequences associated with the increase.
The study methodology was 10 professionals working in the field of prescription drug abuse (female = 5; males = 5). Participants reported working in law enforcement, public health, and the healthcare sector. Participants had direct experience working with adolescents who have abused prescription drugs.
Results showed that along with teen perception, parental negligence, and easy accessibility, other factors contributing to the increase in teen prescription drug abuse are unethical physicians and the internet. Additional outcomes and consequences were potential illicit drug use, death, violence, increased crime, and limited career opportunities.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
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