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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Prescription Drugs and Dating Violence are Linked

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Relationships that revolve around drugs and alcohol can be chaotic, often leading to violence. Whenever two people are not clear headed, things are said and done that can lead to violence. A report has found a link between prescription drug abuse and dating violence.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Injury Center uncovered some interesting results regarding substance abuse and violence. People who misuse prescription sedatives and opioids were more likely to be involved in dating violence. In the past alcohol was often linked to domestic violence, but the new study showed that alcohol use or a combination of alcohol and marijuana use were more commonly tied to non-dating violence, HealthCanal reports.

Researchers observed 575 study participants, ages 14 to 24, over a one-year period. They paid close attention to the use of prescription sedatives and opioids right after a violent dating conflict. The research team found that women were more commonly involved in dating violence. Drug use was present in about half of dating violence incidents.

“Without the alcohol or prescription drugs involved, they simply might walk away from a potentially violent situation,” says lead researcher Quyen Epstein-Ngo. “The alcohol and other substance use may be the tipping points.”

Researchers looked at 1,262 reported violence cases, and they found that substance use occurred immediately before 44 percent of conflicts.

“Our findings indicate that interventions that address violence among youth should address substance use and psychological factors, as well as be tailored by type of violence—dating versus non-dating—and by gender,” Epstein-Ngo said.  

The results are published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.
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