Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Sociology

Date of Award

5-2011

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Leslie A. McCallister

Committee Members

Martha Copp, Melissa Schrift

Abstract

Personal interviews exploring attitudes toward prescription drug abuse were completed by 17 residents over 18 years of age from Kentucky's Pike and Letcher counties. In respect to prescription drug abuse research nationwide, much research has been conducted in eastern Kentucky; however, there are seemingly few studies measuring the thoughts and feelings of community members toward the issue. Data gathered during these interviews were coded and themed for emergent content that revealed the prevalence of drug abuse in communities, the role of medical professionals in prescription drug abuse, and a lack of preventative measures to control the cyclic pattern of prescription drug abuse in eastern Kentucky communities. The thesis concludes by examining why the need for eliminating underlying social problems is most important in decreasing the amount of prescription drug abuse in the area.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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