Navigating drugs at university: normalization, differentiation & drift?

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Patton, David 2018. Navigating drugs at university: normalization, differentiation & drift? Safer Communities. https://doi.org/10.1108/SC-01-2018-0002
AuthorsPatton, David
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Whilst drug use appears to be common amongst university students, this study moved beyond mere drug prevalence, and for the first time in the UK, used the 6 dimensions of normalisation to better understand the role and place drugs play in the lives of university students. 512 students completed a Student Lifestyle Survey. A differentiated normalisation is occurring amongst different student groups; the social supply of drugs is common, and some users are ‘drifting’ into supply roles yet such acts are neutralized. Students are ‘drug literate’ and have to navigate drugs, and their consumption, availability and marketing, as part of their everyday student life. Student drug use is not homogenous and very little is known about the nuances and diversity of their use/non-use beyond prevalence data.  Qualitative studies are needed to better understand the processes of differentiated normalisation and social supply. This is the first study in the UK to use the six dimensions of normalisation amongst a sample of university students

Whilst drug use appears to be common amongst university students, this study moved beyond mere drug prevalence, and for the first time in the UK, used the 6 dimensions of normalisation to better understand the role and place drugs play in the lives of university students.
512 students completed a Student Lifestyle Survey.
A differentiated normalisation is occurring amongst different student groups; the social supply of drugs is common, and some users are ‘drifting’ into supply roles yet such acts are neutralized. Students are ‘drug literate’ and have to navigate drugs, and their consumption, availability and marketing, as part of their everyday student life.
Student drug use is not homogenous and very little is known about the nuances and diversity of their use/non-use beyond prevalence data.  Qualitative studies are needed to better understand the processes of differentiated normalisation and social supply.
This is the first study in the UK to use the six dimensions of normalisation amongst a sample of university students

KeywordsUniversity students; Normalisation; Drugs; Drug use; Young people
Year2018
JournalSafer Communities
PublisherEmerald Publishing
ISSN1757-8043
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/SC-01-2018-0002
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623080
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Publication dates08 Oct 2018
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