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Non-medical use of prescription drugs and sexual risk behavior in young adults.
Addict Behav. 2011 Jan-Feb; 36(1-2):152-5.AB

Abstract

In recent years, the non-medical use of prescription drugs (without a doctor's prescription) has increased dramatically, particularly in young adults. Previous work has noted associations between the non-medical use of prescription drugs and the use of illicit drugs, and associations between the use of illicit drugs and sexual risk behavior. Investigations examining associations between the non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) and sexual risk behavior are sparse. In the present study, undergraduate students (n=435) ages 18-25 completed an instrument assessing these behaviors. Overall, 35.6% of participants reported NMUPD. Individuals who reported NMUPD were more likely to also report the use of alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine, and poppers. Participants who indicated they had used prescription medications without a doctor's consent had significantly higher rates of sexual risk behavior, including more sexual partners and more instances of unprotected sex in the previous 3 months. Results suggest that a significant minority of young adults are using prescription medication recreationally and are risking negative consequences, including the potential for addiction, dangerous interactions between prescription and recreational drugs, and greater risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections.

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Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Psychology, PO Box 842018, Richmond, VA 23284, United States. ebenotsch@VCU.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20863626

Citation

Benotsch, Eric G., et al. "Non-medical Use of Prescription Drugs and Sexual Risk Behavior in Young Adults." Addictive Behaviors, vol. 36, no. 1-2, 2011, pp. 152-5.
Benotsch EG, Koester S, Luckman D, et al. Non-medical use of prescription drugs and sexual risk behavior in young adults. Addict Behav. 2011;36(1-2):152-5.
Benotsch, E. G., Koester, S., Luckman, D., Martin, A. M., & Cejka, A. (2011). Non-medical use of prescription drugs and sexual risk behavior in young adults. Addictive Behaviors, 36(1-2), 152-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2010.08.027
Benotsch EG, et al. Non-medical Use of Prescription Drugs and Sexual Risk Behavior in Young Adults. Addict Behav. 2011 Jan-Feb;36(1-2):152-5. PubMed PMID: 20863626.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Non-medical use of prescription drugs and sexual risk behavior in young adults. AU - Benotsch,Eric G, AU - Koester,Stephen, AU - Luckman,Diana, AU - Martin,Aaron M, AU - Cejka,Anna, Y1 - 2010/09/21/ PY - 2010/06/08/received PY - 2010/08/17/revised PY - 2010/08/26/accepted PY - 2010/9/25/entrez PY - 2010/9/25/pubmed PY - 2011/5/12/medline SP - 152 EP - 5 JF - Addictive behaviors JO - Addict Behav VL - 36 IS - 1-2 N2 - In recent years, the non-medical use of prescription drugs (without a doctor's prescription) has increased dramatically, particularly in young adults. Previous work has noted associations between the non-medical use of prescription drugs and the use of illicit drugs, and associations between the use of illicit drugs and sexual risk behavior. Investigations examining associations between the non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) and sexual risk behavior are sparse. In the present study, undergraduate students (n=435) ages 18-25 completed an instrument assessing these behaviors. Overall, 35.6% of participants reported NMUPD. Individuals who reported NMUPD were more likely to also report the use of alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine, and poppers. Participants who indicated they had used prescription medications without a doctor's consent had significantly higher rates of sexual risk behavior, including more sexual partners and more instances of unprotected sex in the previous 3 months. Results suggest that a significant minority of young adults are using prescription medication recreationally and are risking negative consequences, including the potential for addiction, dangerous interactions between prescription and recreational drugs, and greater risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections. SN - 1873-6327 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20863626/Non_medical_use_of_prescription_drugs_and_sexual_risk_behavior_in_young_adults_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0306-4603(10)00263-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -