Authors: Sami Abdel-Salam; Mary Brewster; Michele B. Bratina; Katie Bradley, Department of Criminal Justice, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA; Julie Perone, Counseling and Psychological Services, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA.



There is little understanding of prescription drug abuse involving college students. The current exploratory study examines the factors associated with prescription drug abuse among this specific population. Information collected through focus groups identified themes and patterns associated with types and reasons for abuse, attitudes and perceptions towards harm, and the success and failures of current prevention efforts. Findings from this study provide important information relating to future prevention efforts.

Keywords: College students, prescription drugs, abuse, drug prevention, education, young adults.

Vol 1, Issue 2, 2020