First Advisor

McGrath, Jack

Second Advisor

Plantz-Masters, Shari

Third Advisor

Hart, Douglas I.


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Criminology


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

50 pages


This study conducted a secondary analysis of quantitative data collected from 2005 through 2009 from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The study found that prescription drug abuse and diversion from 2005 through 2009 showed an increasing usage, which is dependent upon age and drug category. While those aged 18-25 demonstrated higher nonmedical use of prescription drugs for three drug categories, those aged 50 and older were determined to have a higher usage in only one drug category. Overall the study determined that after age 50 nonmedical use of prescription drug and therefore diversion begins to drop significantly except for one drug category, which is sedative. Although this study determined that as age of the prescription drug abuser increases the number of individuals 50 and older that reported nonmedical use and higher averages for days using in a 12-month period.

Date of Award

Spring 2011

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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