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College study examines link between prescription abuse, sexual assault

October 21, 2016
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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In a similar fashion to alcohol, abuse of sedative/anxiolytic drugs on college campuses is closely related to incidents of sexual assault or regretted sex, a new study suggests.

The study of more than 1,700 students, conducted by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions, found that of the more than 500 students reporting non-medical use of a prescription drug, more than 14% experienced regretted sex. Among women in that group, 7.1% reported being a victim of a sexual assault.

The drug categories that were examined were stimulants, opioids and sedatives/anxiolytics, with only the latter found to be associated with sexual assault or regretted sex.

Institute senior research scientist Kathleen Parks, PhD, said in a news release that non-medical use of prescription drugs “can have similar effects as alcohol, including slowed decision-making and physical coordination, which can decrease the ability to recognize danger or fend off a potential perpetrator.”

The study will be published in a special issue of Addictive Behaviors in December.

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“Regardless of what you do, you don’t ask for a crime to be committed.”

100% true. no matter what she has on. no matter how much she's coming on to you. even if she gives you a sexy little dance in your dorm room with just you and her in the room. even if she teases you and talks dirty to you with half her clothes off...

if she says no. you have to stop. it is your choice to never, ever, ever, ever speak to her again. but you let her walk out the room, and you video her doing so. and tell all your friends how much of a d* tease she is.

i didn't have cell phones in my college days, but i did have a quad-mate who stepped out of his room to watch her walk out as she redressed.

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