High school students' misuse of over-the-counter drugs: a population-based study in an urban county

J Adolesc Health. 2006 Apr;38(4):445-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2005.08.010.


A survey of high school students (n = 39,345) found 4.7% occasionally misuse over-the-counter drugs (i.e., to get high) and an additional 2.1% reported misuse during the past month. Misuse was more common among older white and Native American youths and was associated with depressive affect and other substance use, especially alcohol and illicit drugs.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Age Factors
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American / psychology
  • Male
  • Nonprescription Drugs / adverse effects*
  • Nonprescription Drugs / therapeutic use*
  • Ohio / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / epidemiology
  • Urban Population


  • Nonprescription Drugs