Painkiller Abuse Growing On Campus

by Erika Brooks on August 6, 2012 at 6:32 am

Officials say there’s a growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse on college campuses.

A new survey says roughly one out of four college-age students have illegally used prescription drugs. The painkiller death rate in Ohio has increased 372% in the past 10 years. Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel says a campus is a prime place for drug abuse.

"You’ve got a group of people, away from home for the first time. They have to self-regulate and their brains aren’t ready for that and it opens itself up to a whole lot of risk and risk behavior and prescription dug abuse is just one of them," said Carrel.

The average age for starting prescription drug abuse is around twenty-one, so colleges are wanting to get together and talk about what can be done to help their students.

"There’s a number of campus programs being implemented, I know across the state of Ohio. I think it can be combated,. Are there still going to be people who abuse and become addicted to painkilling drugs absolutely," said Carrel.

Carrel says implementation and prevention are the best steps they have to reduce this drug abuse trend.