Nonmedical prescription drug use among college students: A comparison between athletes and nonathletes
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Am. Coll. Health
athletics; college students; nonmedical prescription drug use; 4 HARVARD-SCHOOL; NATIONAL-SURVEY; BINGE DRINKING; UNITED-STATES; SUBSTANCE USE; ILLICIT USE; ALCOHOL-USE; INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETE; SEXUAL-BEHAVIOR; YOUNG-ADULTS; Education & Educational Research; Public, Environmental & Occupational; Health
Objective: Given the substantial increase in nonmedical prescription drug use in recent years and a lack of research on the topic, the author analyzed data on nonmedical prescription drug use among college students. Participants and Methods: Using data from the 2001 College Alcohol Study (N = 10,904), the author examined variation in nonmedical prescription drug use on the basis of athletic involvement. Previous research shows that college athletes are at greater risk for certain types of substance use. Results: Findings indicate that athletes are less likely to report nonmedical prescription drug use than are nonathletes. Conclusions: This shows that involvement in athletics, especially for women, is a protective factor for substance use among college students.
Journal of American College Health
"Nonmedical prescription drug use among college students: A comparison between athletes and nonathletes" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 322.