Opioid Abuse on Campus
On October 26, 2017, the U.S. government declared a Public Health Emergency to immediately combat the opioid epidemic. In 2016 alone, an average of 116 Americans died every single day from opioid-related drugs.
According to the White House, opioid-related deaths are the leading cause of death in the U.S. as it surpassed death by car accidents and gun violence. 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 have prevention and wellness programs available to students to help prevent or deal with opioid addiction.
Here are some tips to avoid opioid abuse taking place on your campus:
- Educate students on substance abuse and the negative effects of it
- Enforce state/federal laws and campus policies on alcohol and drug abuse consistently
- Provide on-campus resources and tools to students that may be struggling with opioid abuse
- Challenge student understanding of substance effects
- Encourage students to seek help for any type of substance abuse
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.
How the Not Anymore Prescription: Addiction—Opioids Course Can Help
The SafeColleges Training System includes a Not Anymore Prescription: Addiction—Opioids course that provides insight and advice from 12 recovering student addicts. It cultivates change in students’ attitudes and behavior by helping students emotionally connect to, as well as better understand, this life-threatening issue.
When students care, they begin to think differently.
We’re excited to work with expert-author Steve Pearlman, PhD, the Director of Interdisciplinary Writing and Reasoning at the University of Saint Joseph, who wrote our Opioids course. He holds specialized experience and knowledge in learning theory, online learning research and sexual assault prevention. He’s conceptualized and authored numerous Not Anymore courses and served as a consultant for the U.S. Army’s initiatives to curtail sexual violence.
For more information on our Prescription: Addiction—Opioids course or the SafeColleges Online Training System, please contact us at 1.800.434.0154 or email@example.com. Free trials are available.