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Polysubstance use of opioids, stimulants, and alcohol in college

Researchers examined the relationship between use of opioids, stimulants, and alcohol in combination by college students and how they predicted consequences of alcohol use. The researchers used data from nearly 500,000 AlcoholEDU for College™ users. Opioid and/or stimulant misuse was positively associated with alcohol use, as well as consequences from that alcohol misuse. They also found that using both opioids and stimulants was not associated with an increased risk of alcohol use over using just one.

The paper, “Alcohol use and consequences in matriculating US college students by prescription stimulant/opioid nonmedical misuse status” was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It was published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.

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