Prescription medication misuse among persons with spinal cord injuries

Allen W. Heinemann*, Tami E. Mcgraw, Michael J. Brandt, Elliot Roth, Carolyn Dell'Oliver, Sidney Schnoll

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Use of prescription medication, alcohol, and illicit substances, and problems resulting from their use as well as depression and disability acceptance, were reported by 96 persons with long-term spinal cord injuries (SCI). Forty-three percent of the sample used prescription medications with misuse potential, and of these persons, 24% reported misusing one or more medications. Persons who used prescription medications were less accepting of their disability and were more depressed than persons who were not using prescription medications. Additionally, persons reporting problems resulting from prescription medication use were more depressed, and persons reporting problems resulting from nonprescription substance use were less accepting of their disability than were persons not reporting these problems. These results suggest that use of prescription and nonprescription substances by persons with SCI is associated with negative psychological outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-316
Number of pages16
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992


  • Alcohol use
  • Depression
  • Prescription medication
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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