There is a serious problem in the United States today. It is not a lack of a competent presidential candidate, nor is it raising sea levels. Drug use and abuse in this country continues to rise and at an alarming rate. The issues today are no longer tobacco or marijuana. Educational programs and simple facts have all, but shut down the markets of tobacco products. They cost an arm and leg to purchase now and they also cost teeth, lungs and lives to continue to use. Americans for the most part have gotten wiser in this aspect. Marijuana is no longer seen as a dangerous gateway drug as it did in the 90’s. The drug is actually helping people with various ailments and is an incredibly stable economic boost for those states allowing the production and sale of the drug. Prescription drugs, which have been legally manufactured, sold and bought, are bringing this country down to its knees. These painkillers are decimating entire communities. States like Massachusetts and Indiana are starving for a savior. Indiana is witnessing the worst outbreak of drug addiction and related issues they have ever seen. The state has over one-hundred confirmed cases of HIV and hepatitis, which are a result of needle sharing and intravenous drug abuse. The rising opioid abuse is also putting pressure on Indiana Colleges.

Pressure on Indiana Colleges

Secondary educational facilities across the nation are feeling the effects of the rising drug problem in the country. Prescription drug abuse, addiction and overdose are forcing these institutions to provide a number of different services for their students. On campus housing, counseling and support groups are need at all universities. Due the explosion of opioid abuse in the state, Indiana colleges are under even more pressure. Colleges have been debating the issue of carrying the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan on campus. These universities must provide services for those that are abusing or addicted to drugs and even some states have required off-campus housing for those wishing to remain in a drug/alcohol free safe zone. The rise in prescription painkiller abuse also raises problems for college professional sports departments who are known for providing these drugs to college athletes in not always the safest of manners.

How Indiana’s College Drug Abuse Rank

Every college is unique to itself in that it offers different environments for drugs and alcohol activities. Young college students can be overly generalized into one group of wild, drug consuming individuals. The truth is that each institution has a particular propensity to gravitate to a specific type of drug or drug related activities. Researching this topic and creating a map and list was a difficult task because the study must account for government and academic data. The majority of the highest drug related on-campus incidents cluster around the Midwest and the Northeast of the United States. Indiana does not have a college or University in the top fifty on-campus drug arrests per 1,000 students. In terms of most on-campus alcohol arrests per 1,000 students, Indiana’s Indiana University of Bloomington is number 42 and Vincennes University is number 49. Those statistics alone show that Indiana is a very safe and responsibility conscious post-secondary setting. Indiana colleges rate very well considering the list of Universities on this list. Indiana’s Universities are very large and prestigious settings for post-secondary education and athletics. This data reaffirms the high standard to which Indiana’s Universities hold themselves.

College Kids and Prescription Drug Abuse

Since young adults are exposed to prescription drug use and abuse at an early age they are more likely to abuse those drugs in their futures. College students are being drawn to medications like Adderall in an attempt to increase their scores. The prescription medication is used to help those with Attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder focus. The drug is believed to increase focus and prevent fatigue in those who do not have those disorders. Students take the drug when they are preparing for exams to help them focus. The Treatment Helpline has stated that approximately 25% of college students use prescription drugs to help them study. This is a large percentage of college students, but the actual amount is much higher. There have been zero results from studies proving that these drugs help increase scores.

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