CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Health and Social Problems Associated with Prescription Opioid Misuse Among a Diverse Sample of Substance-Using MSM

Department

Department of Family Therapy; Department of Justice and Human Services

Publication Date

8-23-2013

Publication Title

Substance Use & Misuse

Volume

49

Issue

3

First Page

277

Last Page

284

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

This study examines associations between prescription opioid misuse and demographics, substance use, sexual behavior, and related health and social problems. Baseline data were collected between 2008 and 2010 from 515 high risk men who have sex with men, ages 18–55, in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale metropolitan area who reported heavy substance use and HIV risk in the past 90 days. Prescription opioid misuse was associated with other substance use, drug injection, substance dependence, and history of arrest. Implications, limitations, and directions for future study are discussed.

DOI

10.3109/10826084.2013.828754