Indiana has been in the headlines over the last year as their fight with addiction and drug abuse continues to spiral out of control. Parts of the state (like Scott County) have witnessed record-setting cases of opioid addiction, abuse, and HIV outbreak. It has driven officials to call for a state of emergency. Poor decisions at all levels of government have shrunk the amount of help/benefits for those looking or treatment in both healthcare and addiction treatment. The reduction in these budgets has helped push the drug abuse problem further towards the cliff. Now a new generation of college students is entering this level of education/life already addicted to drugs or with a mindset/behavior that allows them to become addicted. Due to this change in society, it is essential that Indiana (as well as those around the nation) professors should be educated on opioid abuse on college campuses.

Indiana Professors and Opioid Abuse on College Campuses

The rising drug problem in Indiana (and the rest of the nation) must be combated with new and innovative programs. Recently there has been a push for better education on addiction and opioid use. Like the drug awareness programs of yesterday (D.A.R.E.), these initiatives hope to show younger generations the danger in experimenting with, using and abuse drugs; especially opioids. That education must continue past the elementary and high school level students. It is common sense that elementary kids are not abusing drugs, but have developed a physical and mental tolerance for prescription drugs; as these newest generations are the most heavily medicated in history. Also, that high school children are rebellious and find these programs to be humorous. College level students, while immature at first, experience radical changes in their behavior and overall outlook of themselves and the world. They could be much more perceptible to drug prevention programs and education. If professors are educated in opioid abuse and prevention they may also be able to thwart this growing issue. Professors can take a student who is underachieving or whose scores are dropping and discretely determine if there is a possible substance abuse issue. At which time, can counsel and present possible treatment options. Opioid abuse and addiction are escalating problems that require the efforts of all to remedy.

Education Programs

It is no question that the value of educators in a society is immense. They are the ones who train and educate the next generations of workers, builders, and thinkers. It is essential that they are able to provide the best education for young children and adults. If under-qualified educators were all that was available the country would see under-qualified citizens unprepared to move the country into the future. Luckily, that is not the case and students have several outstanding teachers that help them exceed their potentials. While the job of a teacher is demanding enough as it is today, educators must continue their own education to better serve their students. Considering the great amount of time that teachers have to influence their students they should be able to help them in more ways than simply teaching them math, science or history. Teachers who are trained in some sort of addiction program could help to prevent further drug-related damages. A recent proposal has officials calling for all teacher preparation programs to include some sort of addiction or opioid prevention, detection, and treatment education. The new initiatives proposed in Indiana are a result of the dangerous drug abuse and addiction problem they have been and currently face today. Future educators who have education on detecting and helping those with potential drug problems could easily add a valuable resource for drug abuse and addiction prevention.



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