The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between peer substance use norms and lifetime and past year nonmedical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) among African American adolescents. A secondary analysis of the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health was conducted (N = 2,420). We performed multivariable logistic regression analyses to examine the associations between peer norms and lifetime and past year NMUPD. For lifetime NMUPD, results revealed that participants who reported that most/all of their peers used substances were significantly more likely to report lifetime use. Similar results were found for past year NMUPD. Recommendations are included.
- African American adolescents
- nonmedical use of prescription drugs
- peer norms
- substance use prevention