Non-medical use of prescription stimulants by Australian university students: Attitudes, prevalence of, and motivations for use (2013–2016)

Abstract:
This project examines non-medical use of prescription stimulant drugs among Australian university students. It will, for the first time in Australia, comprehensively examine attitudes, prevalence, patterns and consequences of use, and motivations for non-medical use, using the theory of planned behaviour to provide a theoretically based assessment that integrates qualitative and quantitative perspectives. The study will estimate the prevalence and nature of non-medical use of prescription stimulants, and improve our understanding of the motivations for such use. An international advisory group will develop policy recommendations for the Australian government, universities and health professionals.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
  • Professor
    Centre for Youth Substance Abuse
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Funded by:
Australian Research Council