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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.

Opioids (heroin and prescription pain medications, for example) 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. Go here for more information on this type of treatment.