A new study has found that abuse of prescription drugs in college students is linked to depression and suicidal thoughts, and we have a feeling the KU campus is not exempt. Researchers reviewed data from the 2008 American College Health Association National College Assessment survey given to more than 26,000 college students at 40 campuses. Students were asked about their non-medical use of prescription drugs (like painkillers, stimulants, etc.) over the past year. The study found,
“As part of the survey, the students were asked about their non-medical use of prescription drugs such as painkillers, stimulants, sedatives and antidepressants, and about their mental health symptoms over the past year.”
“About 13 percent of the college students reported non-medical use of prescription drugs. Those who said they had felt hopeless, sad, depressed or had considered suicide were much more likely to abuse prescription drugs.”
The study shows that painkillers like Vicodin and Oxycontin are the biggest perpetrators that contribute to depression and suicidal thoughts in college students.
Source: US News… Continue Reading about College Kids Prescription Drug Abuse
Preventing prescription drug abuse among college students
Nobody wants to even think about their child … or their friend … abusing prescription drugs. It’s not only dangerous – it’s often deadly. Just look at celebrities who’ve struggled with drugs – including prescription pills. It’s important to do what you can to prevent prescription drug abuse, and encourage your friends to take the following steps to prevent prescription drug abuse (according to Mayo Clinic)
1. Make sure you’re getting the right medication and know exactly what the drug is going to do. Make sure your doctor understands your problem and prescribes a drug that will help you.
2. Use the medication as directed. Don’t increase your dosage before talking to your doctor.
3. DO NOT use drugs that have been prescribed to another person. Different people have different issues, require different doses, and the drugs prescribed to them are not meant to help anyone but them.
These three steps may seem obvious but when you’re tempted with prescription medications, come back to them and remember to take medications as directed. Veering off the path prescribed by your doctor must be avoided at all costs. Prescription drugs are nothing to mess around with.
Concerned a college student you know has a prescription drug addiction?
Have them drug tested for specific prescription medications today.