"You Don't Feel": The experience of youth benzodiazepine misuse in Ireland.

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dc.contributor.author Murphy, Kevin D.
dc.contributor.author Lambert, Sharon
dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Suzanne
dc.contributor.author Sahm, Laura J
dc.contributor.author Byrne, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-21T15:19:46Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-21T15:19:46Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-27
dc.identifier.citation Murphy, K. D., Lambert, S., McCarthy, S., Sahm, L. J. and Byrne, S. (2018) '“You Don’t Feel”: The Experience of Youth Benzodiazepine Misuse in Ireland', Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 50(2), pp. 121-128. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2017.1371365 en
dc.identifier.volume 50 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 121 en
dc.identifier.endpage 128 en
dc.identifier.issn 2159-9777
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10677
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/02791072.2017.1371365 en
dc.description.abstract There are negative effects to inappropriate use of benzodiazepines, yet the percentage of young people in Ireland experimenting with benzodiazepines has increased. There is a paucity of research about why Irish young people misuse benzodiazepines. In this study, people between 18 and 25 years attending substance misuse services in the south of Ireland (N = 13) were interviewed in a semi-structured style between June 2012 and April 2013. Content analysis was performed. The main motivations for benzodiazepine misuse were to self-regulate negative emotions and to induce dissociation from their environment. Interviewees also described the consequences of benzodiazepine misuse, such as disengagement from family relationships and other protective environments such as school and sports clubs. The consequences of chronic misuse were discussed, such as the compulsion to take more benzodiazepines despite experiencing severe side-effects. The incidence of paradoxical aggression on benzodiazepines is also explored. Education about benzodiazepines and their risks to young people, families, and the public may reduce benzodiazepine misuse. Future research on the role of trauma and mental health in young people’s substance misuse is needed. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.relation.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02791072.2017.1371365
dc.rights © 2018 Taylor & Francis Group LLC. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Psychoactive Drugs on 27 Sep 2017 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02791072.2017.1371365 en
dc.subject Adolescence en
dc.subject Benzodiazepines en
dc.subject Drug abuse en
dc.subject Emotional regulation en
dc.subject Self-medication en
dc.title "You Don't Feel": The experience of youth benzodiazepine misuse in Ireland. en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Kevin Murphy, School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: kevin.murphy@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2020-10-16T15:53:45Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 415614495
dc.internal.pmid 28952880
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Psychoactive Drugs en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress kevin.murphy@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress stephen.byrne@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress sharon.lambert@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress s.mccarthy@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress l.sahm@ucc.ie en


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