College Student’s Perceptions of the Positive and Negative Consequences of Non-Medical Prescription Drug (NMPD) Use

Parks | Darrow | Hequembourg | Lisman | Muraven
Researchers studied non-medical prescription drug use among college students and assessed what types of drugs are being used, why they are being used and the consequences.

This two year research project focused on non-medical prescription drug (NMPD) use among college students. It involved a collaborative effort among scientists at three SUNY campuses (Buffalo, Binghamton and Albany) with expertise in public health, wellness education, sociology, and psychology (clinical, social). The two phase research plan included initial focus groups with students who reported use of NMPDs to inform the development of specific measures to assess student perceptions of the types of NMPDs being used, motives for use, and the positive and negative consequences of use. The second phase involved the use of these measures in a web-based survey distributed to 3000 students across the three SUNY campuses. The research was intended to foster larger federally funded future projects targeted toward developing prevention intervention programs to reduce NMPD use on college campuses.

Principal Investigator
Kathleen Parks, PhD

Research Institute on Addictions

Amy Hequembourg, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions

Sherri Darrow, PhD
Wellness Education Services
University at Buffalo

Stephen Lisman, PhD
Binghamton University

Mark Muraven, PhD
University at Albany

Funding Agency
SUNY/RF Collaborative Fund