Social determinants to nonmedical prescription drug use among multiracial youth
Rebecca A Vidourek, Keith A King, Michael Brubaker
Journal of Behavioral Health. 2013;
Background: The prevalence of Nonmedical prescription drug (NMPD) use, which is defined
as using prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription, is increasing among youth. The
present study examined Nonmedical prescription drug (NMPD) use among Multiracial
students in 7th through 12th grades.
Method: A total of 2,134 students completed the PRIDE Questionnaire, which examines
alcohol and drug use among youth.
Results: A total of 14.8% of students reported using NMPDs in their lifetime. No significant
differences were found based on sex. High school students were significantly more likely than
junior high school students to use NMPDs. Results indicated that friends’ involvement in
tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana was associated with significantly greater odds of lifetime
Nonmedical prescription drug use. Involvement in risky behaviors also increased the odds of
Conclusions: NMPD use is a significant issue among Multiracial youth. Specific prevention
efforts should be implemented. Findings from this study may be used to develop prevention
programs for Multiracial youth.