Lankenau is an associate professor in the School of Public Health. His research focuses on high-risk youth, out-of-treatment drug users, homelessness and HIV/AIDS.
Researchers at the School of Public Health recently published a study in the first issue of the Journal of Public Health Research that sought to identify patterns in the misuse of illegal drugs among young adults who also misuse prescription drugs.
This study, led by Stephen Lankenau, an associate professor of Public Health, is the first to compare patterns of prescription and illegal drug use among high-risk young adults who already engage in the misuse of prescription drugs. The report could help drug treatment providers be aware of patterns of drug use in order to treat their clients more effectively.