“Current efforts to prevent prescription drug misuse among young adults need to consider peers – but not peer pressure – according to a Purdue University study.
“With the 18-29 age group we may be spending unnecessary effort working a peer pressure angle in prevention and intervention efforts. That does not appear to be an issue for this age group,” said study co-author Brian Kelly, a professor of sociology and anthropology who studies drug use and youth cultures. “Rather, we found more subtle components of the peer context as influential. These include peer drug associations, peers as points of drug access, and the motivation to misuse prescription drugs to have pleasant times with friends.”
Source: Medical NewsToday.com – August 18, 2014