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"I'm Just Using Everything at My Disposal": A Qualitative Analysis of the Narratives Surrounding Prescription Stimulant Misuse Open Access

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A recent spike in the misuse of prescription stimulant medication among young adults has raised cause for concern on many college campuses, as this growth has been attributed to an increasing number of prescriptions being written by physicians as well as individuals turning away from 'street drugs' in favor of 'study drugs', or stimulants. This research study uses a narrative lens to investigate how college students create meaning for this phenomenon. The findings of in-depth interviews and focus groups revealed that college students base their validation of prescription stimulant misuse on the social norms they perceive on campus, as well as by constructing different narratives derived from their personal experiences.

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