How to Educate College Students in Indiana About Drugs to Avoid HIV

College kids learning about HIV

Moving on from home and high school is a big step in the lives of America’s youths. Going to college is about discovering who you are as an individual and learning skills that will help you determine your future. As part of the idea of experimenting and trying new things the idea of college has transformed. Previously college was thought of as a place to earn a degree that would give you the opportunity to get a career. Now, while that notion is still the core idea of college, it is more like a scene from Animal House. College is seen as a time away from parents to experiment with drugs, alcohol, and sexual relations. The rise in drug addiction across the country has warranted public officials to step in and help guide the new generations of college students towards better decision making. On top of the rise in drug addiction, as a result of the increased rate of intravenous drug use HIV is spreading like a wild fire. Indiana college students are being warned of the dangers of drug abuse and the avoidance of HIV.

Austin, Indiana

There are top officials from the Center for Disease Control that is currently in Austin, Indiana attempting to develop a plan that would reduce the spread of HIV and drug addiction. Austin has been hit hard by economic struggles which have lead many residents to find solace in drug addiction. The addiction is only making matters worse, exponentially worse. Austin, Indiana is not a unique case of drug addiction and spread of HIV, rather it is the first to reach such a level with publicity. Scott County has currently reached 142 cases of HIV, which continues to grow. Opiate addicts are reusing syringes over and over again, to the point there are no visible numbers. There are ’drug’ houses where a bucket is placed in the center of a room which is full of available used needles for anyone passing through. Otherwise, addicts will use needles they find in the street, sidewalk, or in the local sports fields. One pain killer of Opana costs $30 on the street. There are some cases of heroin abuse in Austin, yet due to Medicaid many addicts get their drugs through prescriptions.

The Plan

The Director of National Center for HIV/AIDS, in conjunction with the Health Commissioner, Governor, and other officials, has put forth a three pronged plan. The CDC is addressing the HIV epidemic by testing residents, helping the county and the state respond, and tracking any data available. The third tier is a system of preventative measures to stop this catastrophe from happening anywhere else. Due to the exposure of this problem there is more and more resources being dumped into the problem. These resources are being developed in educational campaigns across the county, Indiana, and the country. One area of concern for the officials is the truck driving population that passes through the area. Austin sits right next to I-65, a very busy interstate that connects several other states. Educational programs have and are being developed specifically for truck drivers.

College Students

College students are another level of audience these programs are meant to reach. The high level of drug and sexual experimentation that college students participate in can cause a large problem. If the issues of Austin were to mix with a college campus the outcome could be astronomically dangerous. As such, officials are educating and advocating a practice of safe sex and abstaining from drug use. This issue has reached historic levels and must be dealt with accordingly.

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