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Warning: Dangerous misuse of prescription medications is on the rise among college students

Prescription drug abuse among college students is a growing trend on many campuses. Most people take medicine only for the reasons their doctors prescribe them. But almost 20% of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. Students are using these drugs inappropriately not only to get high but to help with concentration, improve academic performance and to self-medicate for anxiety or depression. Students report using prescription drugs to fit in socially and even enhance stamina when playing sports.

The most commonly misused prescription drugs on campuses are:
-Stimulants (Adderal, Ritalin, Concerta)
-Sedatives ( Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Ambien)
-Narcotic Pain Relievers (Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine)

Taking these medications without a prescription or medical oversight of their risks is dangerous and can lead to addiction, overdose and even death. Most of these drugs are controlled substances and therefore are illegal to use without a prescription. It is also illegal to share or sell prescription drugs without a license.

More information about prescription drug abuse or to get help to stop abusing prescription drugs is available at www.drugabuse.gov or www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov