Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Interdisciplinary EUP

First Advisor

C. Dennis Simpson

Second Advisor

Eric Vangsnes

Third Advisor

James Middleton


This investigative study is examining trends in stimulant prescribing for several Michigan counties. An ex-post facto design was used to determine trends in the amount of amphetamine/dextroamphetamine dispensed in four Michigan counties containing large universities and two Michigan counties not containing large universities over the years 2007-2012. The study found suggestive evidence that there is an increasing trend of amphetamine/dextroamphetamine prescriptions filled in both counties with and without large universities. Suggestive evidence was also found that counties with large universities display a greater average amount of amphetamine/dextroamphetamine dispensed than counties without large universities for the years 2007-2012. Because the study consisted of data drawn from county populations and not university/non-university specific populations, the evidence presented is merely suggestive and in no way conclusive. Future research might include a similar project analyzing trends from all Michigan counties and/or a survey based study targeting university and non-university populations about actual amphetamine/dextroamphetamine usage.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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