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Continuing on from our last blog post look into Midwest Colleges Opioid Addiction Follow-up to Stimulant Misuse. Today we cover Pacific Northwest Colleges in hopes to further spread awareness throughout regions in the country. Pacific Read more…
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 Colleges Opioid Addiction
Our focus turns to the Midwest States which includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
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)
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.
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).
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.
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.