08 Oct Colleges Taking Notice of Prescription Drug Abuse on Campus
A number of college students have found that the illegal use of Adderall, Ritalin and other prescription drugs can increase performance and alertness while also reducing stress. The problem with these perceived benefits is that it masks the real risk these individuals are incurring for themselves by taking medication without a prescription.
College campuses are beginning to recognize the growing problem among its students and are beginning to take this abuse more seriously. Recovery centers are seeing an increase in college students seeking help for their prescription drug addiction.
In a warning to students, the Catholic University of America noted, “All students should take a closer look at their friends, roommates and even that lonely guy sitting by himself in the back of the classroom. There is no stereotypical abuser of prescription drugs. It can be the girl who takes Adderall to give her energy boosts before finals. It can be that guy who goes missing during parties to crush and snort Vicodin. It can even be your roommate who secretly pops a Xanax with a drink while watching a movie.”
One college journalist interviewed a typical user who reported on the true picture of use on college campuses. This user did not know many students who had done cocaine; none who had tried crack; but could not count the number of known students to have taken Adderall.
The Archives of Internal Medicine show in a recent study of nearly 50 million U.S. death certificates that more than 224,000 were the result of a fatal medication error. These errors included overdosing, mixing prescription drugs with alcohol and street drugs.
College administrators are recognizing the real threat illegal prescription drug use is to students. Not only are these students breaking the law, they are assuming the medication is safe since it is FDA approved.
Health care officials are quick to point out it is only safe when taken by the person it was prescribed for at the prescribed dosage. Anything beyond that is life threatening.
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