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J Am Coll Health. 2019 Jun 18:1-5. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1623803. [Epub ahead of print]

Is Greek affiliation a prescription for drug abuse? Examining misuse of prescription stimulants and downers in high school and college.

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a Department of Psychology , University of Mississippi , University , Mississippi , USA.
b School of Law , University of Georgia , Athens , Georgia , USA.


Objective: Compared to nonaffiliated students, Greek students engage in higher rates of prescription drug abuse (PDA). We examined PDA among Greek students compared to non-Greek students, and whether PDA in high school predicted joining a Greek organization in college. Participants: From November to December 2014, 509 undergraduate students at a large, southeastern institution participated in an online survey. Methods: Stratified random sampling with academic classification as the strata; chi-square analyses were conducted to test study hypotheses. Results: Greek students were no more likely than non-Greek students to ever engage in overall PDA. However, Greek students were significantly more likely to report abuse of stimulants, but not downers, in college and in high school. Conclusions: Future research to examine individual types of prescription drugs abused in high school and their affiliation with PDA among Greek students, compared to non-Greek students, in college is warranted.


College students; Greek students; prescription drug abuse

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