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Addiction Help for College Students Abusing Prescription Drugs

If you are a parent and have one or more children attending college you can assume that half of them are abusing drugs and alcohol and may need addiction help at some point in their life.

A study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Substance Abuse Research Center says one in five students are abusing prescription drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin. They are also abusing prescription stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall. These drugs have the same characteristics as heroin and cocaine, but most students don’t realize how addictive they are. Xanax and Valium also have a high potential for addiction and abuse. It is very easy to become addicted to Xanax and very difficult to stop taking.

The percentage of high school students abusing prescription drugs is lower that college students – it’s at about 15%. But as those students leave home and go to college they are susceptible to even more drug use. Alcohol and drug use combined is a much higher – around 50%.

There’s a good chance that 20% of college students probably need some addiction help.

If you are a parent, drug education and simply locking up the drugs and alcohol will make a big difference. If you need addiction help services, take the time to get it. Or help your kids get the help they need.

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