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Ongoing Opioid Addiction Research

Last week we discussed college students misusing stimulants rather than resorting to opiate addiction.

This week we want to re-look at opioid addiction to not downplay the serious nature of this epidemic as it spreads throughout the United States.

Midwest Focus

Midwest Colleges Opioid Addiction

Our focus turns to the Midwest States which includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Accumulating Data

Data throughout the Midwest states shows which areas are affected by opioid addiction more seriously than the others. Initially taking the focus off of college students and looking at each state as a whole, we look to further pinpoint which locations are affected most. Following up on this information we will then turn our focus again back to the financial situations of colleges in this region. This is in hope to identify which are the highest risk Midwest colleges for opiate addiction.

Q: Does this help identify if addiction is possibly caused by monetary stress and the pressures of achievement?
Find out below.

As a result, during this research, we will help identify outreach and opioid substance abuse help for those in need. During this weekly series will then continue with the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Southeast and Northeast States.

Midwest States Opioid Outlook

(Midwest colleges below are in no particular order and schools may have been omitted without intention)

Illinois

Population: 12.86 million (2015)

Outreach: Round Lake Park Police Department, located at 215 E. Main Street, Round Lake Park IL. 847-270-9111

With 400+ overdose deaths in the state Illinois during 2012 involving prescription pills, more than 80% were from opioid-based pain medications.

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

College City, State Avg. Tuition Cost
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign | UIUC Champaign, IL $12,000+
University of Illinois-Chicago | UIC Chicago, IL $10,000+
DePaul University | DPU Chicago, IL $35,000+
Illinois State University | ISU Normal, IL $10,000+
Northwestern University | NWU Evanston, IL $48,000+
Northern Illinois University | NIU Dekalb, IL $9,000+
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville | SIUE Edwardsville, IL $7,000+
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale | SIUC Carbondale, IL $8,000+
University of Chicago | UCHI Chicago, IL $49,000+
Loyola University Chicago | LUC Chicago, IL $39,000+
Indiana

Population: 6.62 million (2015)

Outreach: Attorney General Initiative and Rx Task Force http://www.in.gov/bitterpill/

Pain scripts are written at an alarming rate in the state of Indiana. If these prescriptions were spread out, each of the 48,000 Indiana University students could each have their own pill bottle, with more to spare.

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

College City, State Avg. Tuition Cost
Purdue University | PU West Lafayette, IN $9,000+
Indiana Wesleyan University | IWU Marion, IN $24,000+
Indiana State University | ISU Terre Haute, IN $8,000+
Indiana University-Bloomington | IU Bloomington, IN $9,000+
Ivy Tech Community College | ITCCI Indianapolis, IN $3,000+
Ball State University | BSU Muncie, IN $8,000+
University of Notre Dame | ND Notre Dame, IN $47,000+
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis | IUPUI Indianapolis, IN $8,000+
Iowa

Population: 3.124 million (2015)

Outreach: State’s largest free naloxone distribution program. Find them in the community on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday call or text their hotline at (319) 214-0540.

During 10+ year span dating through 2013, pain pill overdoses rose by 20 times, from 1 to 20 deaths annually.

Source: The Gazette Iowa Allows Naloxone

College City, State Avg. Tuition Cost
University of Iowa | UI Iowa City, IO $6,000+
Iowa State University | ISU Ames, IO $6,000+
Michigan

Population: 9.923 million (2015)

Outreach: www.michigan.gov/mentalhealth-addiction-help County specific 24-hour outreach hotlines

In 2014, 550+ Michigan citizens died from an opioid overdose, while 425+ individuals passed away by overdosing on heroin.

Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

College City, State Avg. Tuition Cost
Western Michigan University | WMU Kalamazoo, MI $10,000+
Wayne State University | WSU Detroit, MI $10,000+
Oakland University | OU Rochester Hills, MI $11,000+
Eastern Michigan University | EMU Ypsilanti, MI $8,000+
Grand Valley State University | GVSU Allendale, MI $11,000+
Baker College of Flint | BCF Flint, MI $8,000+
Saint Louis University | SLU Saint Louis, MI $38,000+
Central Michigan University | CMU Mount Pleasant, MI $11,000+
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor | UM-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI $13,000+
Michigan State University | MSU East Lansing, MI $13,000+
Minnesota

Population: 5.49 million (2015)

Outreach: http://stream5.video.state.mn.us:8080/FP/dhslive.html Live Stream Web Cast – June 15 July 20 Aug. 17 Sept. 21 Oct. 19 Nov. 16 Dec. 21 2017 @ 11:45am

A larger amount Minnesotan residents died from overdosing by way of prescription pain pills over other opioids dating back to 1999 through 2014.

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

College City, State Avg. Tuition Cost
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities | UMTC Minneapolis, MN $12,000+
Minnesota State University | MNSU Mankato, MN $6,000+
Missouri

Population: 6.084 million (2015)

Outreach: http://www.monetwork.org/outreach-center-schedule Educational seminar 2nd Tuesday of each month 6:30 – 8:30

Missouri Opioid Fatalities

Overuse of prescription based opioids is a leading factor in hospital and/or ER care in Missouri, which multiplied by over 135% during a ten-year span dating back to 2005 through 2015.

Source: Springfield News-Leader 2016 Write-up

College City, State Avg. Tuition Cost
Washington University in St Louis | WUSTL Saint Louis, MO $47,000+
Missouri State University- Springfield | MSU-Springfield Springfield, MO $6,000+
University of Missouri-Columbia | MSU Columbia, MO $8,000+
Nebraska

Population: 1.896 million (2015)

Outreach: Nebraska Regional Poison Center. The center provides families with a 24-hour, toll-free information line for the safety of Nebraska citizens 1-800-222-1222

50+ Nebraskan area individuals died by overdosing on opioids during 2015.

Source: Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services June 2016 Release

College City, State Avg. Tuition Cost
University of Nebraska-Omaha | UNO Omaha, NE $5,000+
University of Nebraska-Lincoln | UNL Lincoln, NE $6,000+
Ohio

Population: 11.61 million (2015)

Outreach: http://mha.ohio.gov/Portals/0/assets/Initiatives/GCOAT/GCOAT-Health-Resource-Toolkit.pdf Opiate Action Guide

During 2015 opioids by way of prescription caused over 650 non-suicidal overdose deaths in Ohio.

Source: Ohio Department of Health – Data Report PDF

College City, State Avg. Tuition Cost
University of Akron | UA Akron, OH $8,000+
Ohio State University | OSU Columbus, OH $9,000+
Wright State University | WSU Dayton, OH $8,000+
University of Toledo | UT Toledo, OH $8,000+
Cleveland State University | CSU Cleveland, OH $9,000+
University of Cincinnati | UC Cincinnati, OH $9,000+
Bowling Green State University | BGSU Bowling Green, OH $9,000+
Miami University | MU Oxford, OH $11,000+
Ohio University | OU Athens, OH $11,000+
Kent State University Schools | KSUS Kent, OH $10,000+
Wisconsin

Population: 5.771 million (2015)

Outreach: https://hope.wi.gov/ Task Force to Bring Hope

In Wisconsin, more than 75% of claims for workers’ compensation were due to opiate based pain medications.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Justice

College City, State Avg. Tuition Cost
University of Wisconsin-Madison | UWM Madison, WI $9,000+
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | UWM Milwaukee, WI $8,000+
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater | UWW Whitewater, WI $6,000+

Low Death Rates | Low Tuition Costs | Low Population

What stands out with this data is that Nebraska, 2nd lowest in opioid-related death ratio on our Midwest list, also has the lowest average college tuition.

Q: Is this data skewed due to Nebraska also having the lowest population total? We look deeper…

To further back up this point of reference, Iowa, lowest on our Midwest state list in overdose death ratio has the 2nd lowest average college tuition. This includes a world renowned Engineering program at Iowa State University. The Iowa population ranks 2nd lowest in the Midwest.

High Death Rates | High Tuition Costs | High Population

Q: How do the higher populated states matchup in relation to the data?

With the largest population in the Midwest, Illinois is 3rd in opioid-related deaths. What stands out in the data is that Illinois also has the highest overall average tuition.

Q: Are we starting to see a trend of the population to opiate-related deaths to tuition expenses here?

Ohio having the most recorded deaths by way of opiates also has the 2nd highest population. College costs rank 3rd in the Midwest.

2nd in higher education school costs is Michigan. Their death by opiates rate is also 2nd in the Midwest with the 3rd highest population.

Generalizing the Data

In a society where success in measured by social status and financial achievement, it’s no surprise that the higher populated areas have a larger death by way of opiates per capita rate. Especially relevant is the social structure developed in each state. Because of this desire to succeed some may resort to drug use if they have not found their desired outcome.

This is not a catch-all discussion, more so a way to open the eyes of families and college students alike as they prepare for a huge undertaking both financially and socially.

Outreach and Care

Listed under each state is a great way to find help through reaching out in your local community. As more communities get involved and awareness is spread, opioid addicts will hopefully decline for future generations.

As always, Prescott House is also here to help in the time of need. Please contact us for information regarding detox and follow-up care for opioid misuse or any other hindering addiction(s).


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Families across the country are opening their doors as College campuses and dorms close for the Summer. While students are returning home, families anticipate their trips, getaways and reconnecting. During this time, parents often overlook their young adults current state of mind. In the short time since schools have released, Prescott House has spoken to several parents with a major concern for their son’s well-being. It has come to our attention that College Students’ opioid addiction has turned into stimulant misuse.

College Commitment Can Be Overwhelming

School semesters are hectic. Most students are juggling full term class schedules(15 credit hours can be around 45-48 real hours) and part-time work(10-20 hours). Add in scholastic athletics(15-30 hours), fraternities, clubs, while also maintaining a social agenda, you can see how much time is spent as a full-time student (source: University of Michigan-Flint). The first year and even the initial semester is a true test of one’s willpower and mental fortitude. This can also be the breaking point.

For those coming straight out of High School and the security of a family unit can find this added responsibility rewarding. Yet in a short amount of time, it can prove to be overwhelming. This new found stress and anxiety often leads to finding ways to release this pressure.

Fight-or-Flight Response

With the natural instinct of fight-or-flight, it can become a major personal conflict and struggle to decide which is the correct response. Escaping the school environment usually isn’t an option as there is a risk of losing achieved scholarships or the tuition invested by the parents. “Flight” is chosen by some and often leads to dropping out of college. However, fighting back and finding ways to cope without breaking is the response we often see.

Addressing Opioid Addiction

The United States government has been addressing the well documented opioid epidemic that has been plaguing our country (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Many users explain the reason behind opioid use is due to a heightened anxiety sensitivity (AS). Becoming dependent on non-medical benzodiazepine is a way to dull the senses (source: National Center for Biotechnology Information). The use of these sedatives reduce AS and serve as a short-term coping mechanism, which can then lead to a long-term addiction.

Through nationwide outreach and awareness, college students have reduced prescription narcotic use from over 8 percent in 2006 to less than 4 percent in 2015. This decrease has led to an increase in the use of marijuana as an anxiety depressant (source: CBS News). In most cases, the fact is that weed doesn’t lead to more productivity and actually decreases dopamine, which can lead to less motivation (source: Psychology Today).

Increase in Stimulant Misuse

Dulling down the senses has recently become less popular in college students. Some are now relying on stimulants to reduce the stress
and keep up with the workload. Recently we have seen an increase in psychiatric issues that stem from stimulant misuse and dependence. Most are using ADHD and sleep disorder prescription drugs such as; Ritalin®, Adderall®, Dexedrine® and Focalin® (source: West Virginia University).

Associated with this misuse, negative side effects and health conditions become a concern. Heart problems and overdosing have become immediate issues to address. A well-informed student can understand the risks they are taking. Being young, impressionable and forced to produce at a Universities highest level, doesn’t always lead to making the right choices. During the off-time of Summer is a great opportunity to reintegrate students into a healthy lifestyle.

Getting Back on Track

If you, as a college student, classmate or are the parent of someone who is facing stimulant misuse or opioid addiction to cope with the pressure of college, please reach out to us. We can start the process of recovery this Summer. Let’s get students back on track to successfully complete their degree and provide the tools to healthy productivity for years to come.

Please call (866) 425-4673 or fill out our confidential contact form here.

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