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Alcohol Binges, Pill Popping, and Illegal Drug Use are ALL On the Rise on College Campuses
According to the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse: drinking to get drunk, binge drinking (5 or more drinks at a time), combining pills with alcohol, getting drunk 10 times or more a month, abusing prescription drugs, and using marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy are all on the rise. The abuse of some of these prescription drugs has increased by hundreds of percent with the past two decades.
It also found that those who were member of sororities and fraternities had an even higher incidence of drug and alcohol abuse. With members of these organizations having a higher incidence of drunk and drugged driving, increased incidence of marijuana use, and even cigarette smoking.
The answer is my opinion may not be merely in drug education because these kids are smart. The answer maybe in more responsible drug use, and mental health counseling since there has been a proven link between addiction and mental issues.
People (whether in college or not) that turn to abusing drugs to medicate mental pain from childhood or adulthood trauma are in need of dealing with the cause and not the effects. Recognizing that there is a big mental health issue would be a big step in that direction.