Non Medical Use Of Prescription Drugs Among Teens And Reduce Risk

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The article "The Role of Traumatic Event History in Non-medical Use of Prescription Drugs among a Nationally Representative Sample of U.S. Adolescents" hopes to address the problem of non-medical use of prescription drugs among teens and reduce risk. The purpose of the study was to identify risk factors to aid prevention of NMUPD in adolescents. In particular, the study seeks to use previous demographic and other substance use risk factors that correlate with lifetime non-medical prescription drug abuse in teens. The survey added to this by trying to see if mental health and a history of trauma could also be risk factors associated with NMUPD in teens (McCauley et al., 2009). The conclusion of the telephone survey in this study showed that "teens presenting with NMUPD are most likely to also present with a range of other presenting problems (including traumatic event exposure, PTSD, delinquent behavior, and polysubstance use)" (McCauley et al., 2009, p. 9-10). The study mentions the behavioral psychological concept as a reason to why NMUPD could be such a problem in teens. According to McCauley et al. (2009), negative reinforcement could be why teens who have experienced trauma are also using non-medical prescription drugs. To deal with PTSD or witnessing violence, some teens may be self-medicating (p. 3).
Credible evidence is very important to use to support the claim that Prescription Drug Abuse Among Rural Teens is a large problem. The studies used will help to…

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