It’s continuing to cripple communities throughout the country and it’s predicted that more than two million Americans will struggle with an opioid addiction in 2018.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 80% of heroin users admit to misusing opioids prior to heroin, meaning opioid abuse can escalate quickly if it goes untreated. This finding emphasizes the importance that campuses should have prevention and wellness programs available to students to help prevent or deal with opioid addiction.
In fact, some states are passing legislation to fight to ensure students have as many addiction prevention resources available to them as possible. For example, Maryland is a state that legally requires higher education institutions, as well as institutions at all levels, to educate students on opioids. It focuses many of its efforts on reoccurring education throughout a student’s time in school.
Also, Maryland requires schools to stock up on Naloxone – the life-saving drug used to reverse the overdosing effects of opioids.