Jadyn Torres

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Background: Existing literature on driving under the influence during adolescence is sparse, especially for driving under the influence of non-medical prescription drugs (DUIP). This study examines the prevalence of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUIA), cannabis (DUIC), and DUIP, and examines the role of several potential risk and protective factors. Methods: This was a secondary analysis of the 2022 Rhode Island Study Survey, a cross-sectional survey of middle and high school students. Results: Among lifetime users, prevalence of DUIA, DUIC, and DUIP was 4.9%, 14.3%, and 16.9%, respectively. Current substance use, high individual risk perception, being non-White, and being Hispanic were risk factors for DUIA, while perceiving parent’s risk perception as negative and being heterosexual cisgender-female were protective. Current substance use, negative individual risk perception, and being non-White were risk factors for DUIC, while perceiving parent’s risk perception as negative and being in high school were protective. Current substance use and older age were risk factors for DUIP, while perceiving parent’s risk perception as negative and perceiving friend’s risk perception as negative were protective. Conclusion: DUI is a concern across adolescent substance users. Current substance use and perceiving parental risk perception as negative are common risk and protective factors, respectively. Findings suggest substance-specific, heterogeneous interventions are needed.

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Samantha Rosenthal, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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College of Arts & Sciences



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