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ERIC Number: EJ781925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2379
Alprazolam (Xanax[R]) Use among Southern Youth: Beliefs and Social Norms Concerning Dangerous Rides on "Handlebars"
Peters, Ronald J.; Meshack, Angela F.; Kelder, Steven H.; Webb, Patrick; Smith, Dexter; Garner, Kevin
Journal of Drug Education, v37 n4 p417-428 2007
While the epidemiologic trends concerning alprazolam (Xanax[R]) are unknown, the use of benzodiazepines, in general, has increased in popularity among youth within recent years. To shed light on the drug problem, the current pilot study used a qualitative approach to investigate relevant beliefs, norms, and perceived addiction associated with alprazolam initiation among 46 youth who were attending an inpatient drug treatment program during the spring of 2004. Overwhelmingly, most participants stated that addiction to alprazolam occurs as early as initial consumption. Most youth in the study stated that their friends felt it was normal to use alprazolam. In addition, their control beliefs revealed that if someone wanted to stop it would be difficult because of the widespread use in their communities and family social reinforcement involved with its use. In this study, a majority of students stated that medical professionals such as doctors and pharmacists were the greatest facilitator of alprazolam acquisition. Implications for these results are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas