Social network ties to nightlife and healthcare professionals and prescription drug misuse among young adults
Prescription drug misuse among young adults is a health concern and has ties to nightlife scenes as well as the healthcare system. A new study investigated how relationships with healthcare professionals impact prescription drug misuse.
A sample of young adults who misuse prescription drugs was analyzed, and data was collected on their drug use as well as their ties to those in nightlife professions and healthcare professions.
Individuals with ties to party promoters and bouncers were positively associated with prescription drug misuse, non-oral use, and experiencing problems due to prescription drug misuse. Relationships with DJs, bartenders, and musicians also had some connection to these outcomes. Ties to specific occupations in healthcare as well as the number of ties to healthcare professionals did not have an association with any prescription drug misuse outcome.
This study suggests that having connections in the nightlife business can be related to patterns of prescription drug misuse, while relationships with healthcare professionals does not have any impact on prescription drug misuse.
Take Away: Young adults who have connections with individuals who work in the nightlife industry such as bouncers or DJs are more likely to use prescription drugs, escalate to non-oral use, and experience problems due to use. Relationships with healthcare professionals do not have an effect on use.
Kelly, B.C., Vuolo, M. (2019). Social network ties to nightlife and healthcare professionals and prescription drug misuse among young adults. International Journal of Drug Policy. doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.01.007