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The use of street drugs, date-rape drugs, and the abuse of prescription drugs has risen among college students in recent years. This leads to young people becoming addicted to these drugs, as well as health problems and other negative consequences, including death. According to a 2009 survey of college students, approximately 20% of respondents reported using some type of drug in the past 12 months. If you have questions about alcohol and college students, or think that you or a friend may be addicted to drugs, you can speak to a professional in UHS Behavioral Health at 859-323-5511 or in the Counseling Center at 859-257-8701.
Opioids (e.g., Heroin, prescription pain medications) are substances that carry a high risk of addiction. Buprenorphine (brand name: Suboxone, Subutex) is an Opioid medication used to treat Opioid dependence. Use of this medication can be costly, and patients who are interested in this treatment must be willing to go regularly to Narcotics Anonymous, and to provide weekly (and random) urine drug screens. If you or someone you know has problems with Opioid use and would like to discuss options, please call 859-323-5511 and ask to schedule an appointment with Dr. Neltner in UHS Behavioral Health.
For more information on this type of treatment: http://www.naabt.org/
For support and to learn more information how you can help yourself or a friend, check out the following sites:
UK Counseling Center
Above the Influence
Center for College Health and Safety
National Clearing House for Alcohol and Drug Information
National Institute on Drug Abuse
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