Assessment of alcohol and other drug use behaviors in health professions students

Jeffrey N. Baldwin, David M. Scott, Sangeeta Agrawal, Jean K. Bartek, R. Ellen Davis-Hall, Thomas P. Reardon, Edward M. DeSimone

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Abstract

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) use behaviors of health professions students (HPS) were assessed by surveying both university-based HPS and other nursing programs in a Midwestern state in 1999. Response was 2,646 (56.4%) of surveyed students. Family history of alcohol-related and drug-related problems were reported by 39.8% and 13.9%, respectively, with 42.6% of respondents reporting one or both. Among nursing respondents, 48.1%, 19.2% and 51.1%, respectively, reported family problems with alcohol, drugs, or one or both. Past-year alcohol use was comparable to undergraduate college students (UCS) nationally (83%); heavy drinking, tobacco and recreational drug use by HPS were lower. Past year drug use was highest among medical students. Marijuana was the predominant illicit drug; medical students and males most often reported use. Health professions educational systems should proactively address student AOD prevention, education and assistance needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-37
Number of pages11
JournalSubstance Abuse
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 23 2006

Keywords

  • Alcohol use
  • Drug use
  • Health professions
  • Students
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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