Prescription Medication Abuse In US College Students Associated With Mental Health Issues.

HealthDay (6/20, Preidt) reports that prescription medication abuse in US college students is associated with suicidal thoughts and depression, according to a study published in the August issue of Addictive Behaviors: An International Journal. After analyzing “data from more than 26,000 college students at 40 campuses who took part in the 2008 American College Health Association National College Assessment survey,” researchers found that “about 13 percent of the college students reported nonmedical use of prescription” medications. “Those who said they had felt hopeless, sad, depressed or had considered suicide were much more likely to abuse prescription” medicines.
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— “More Mental Health Woes in College Kids Who Abuse Prescription Drugs,”Robert Preidt, HealthDay, June 19, 2012.

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