Prescription drug use trends among Israeli school dropouts: An analysis of gender and country of origin

Richard Isralowitz, Alexander Reznik, Shulamith Lala A. Straussner

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Abstract

Widespread international concern exists about the nonmedical use of prescription drugs (NPD), especially among adolescents. This article examines NPD use trends of school dropouts in Israel from 2004 to 2009 based on gender and country of origin status. A cohort of 470 youths completed a self-report questionnaire prior to receiving drug treatment. Females reported NPD at a younger age than males, and their rates of lifetime use and use in the last 30 days were significantly higher. Males, but not females, from former Soviet Union origins reported a higher rate of NPD use than those of Israeli origin. Given the paucity of literature on this topic, this article makes an initial contribution to understanding a growing international problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-86
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Gender
  • Israeli and former soviet union country of origin
  • Prescription drug use
  • School dropouts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation

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