Brown Bag Speaker Series

Date & Time: Jan 19th 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: 457 Berkey Hall

Abstract: Expanding the scope of pharmaceuticalization and normalization, we address the incorporation of prescription stimulants, opioids, and sedatives into polydrug use repertoires among socially active young adults. Findings from 80 semi-structured interviews with prescription drug misusing young adults indicate a co-opted form of pharmaceuticalization to manage the routine effects of using other substances. They also highlight how the wide availability, lax attitudes regarding misuse, and cultural accommodation surrounding prescription drugs informs and influences their integration into polydrug routines as young adults active in nightlife scenes rely on them to modulate the effects of illicit drugs. Co-opted pharmaceuticalization has implications for both public health and criminal justice policy and practice.