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Prescription Drugs Involved in Assaults on Campus

assault victimSafety on college campuses has become a much-publicized issue, and rightfully so. Instances of rape and sexual assault are often reported on in the news and many college campuses are broadening their efforts to educate and prevent on campus sexual violence. In keeping with this, a group of researchers has determined that non-medical use of prescription medication was linked to instances of this type of criminal behavior in large numbers compared to any other drug besides alcohol. This is important information because many colleges, students and parents may be overlooking this connection.

After surveying 1,755 college students throughout the country, the investigative team from the University of Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions found that 500 admitted to recreational use of prescription medications. Of these 500 students, 14% were a part of a sexual situation that they regretted. Among the female students in this group, 7.1% reported being sexually assaulted while under the influence of prescription medication. The study also asked students to specify which drugs they were taking when the abuse or unwanted sex took place. Both the females and males stated that they were misusing prescription sedatives like Xanax at the times of these incidents.

It is important that people understand that this study is not pointing fingers at those that have been abused after taking prescription medication. “The responsibility for rape or any sexual assault always falls squarely with the perpetrator,” explained Kathleen Parks, senior research scientist. However, students can protect themselves by refraining from abusing prescription sedatives. These drugs have the potential to cloud a person’s judgement, cause them to lose consciousness, or overdose – especially when paired with alcohol.

Studies like the ones conducted by Parks and her team serve to educate society and students about the dangers of all types of substances, even those seemingly less harmful. Illustrating the exact consequences associated with the misuse of prescription sedatives shows students concrete outcomes. This study, paired with the increased media attention of college rapes and assaults may serve to save many others from similar situations. The study will appear in the December issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors.

If you have a loved one who has a prescription drug problem, contact us today for more information about successful treatment options.

A Look at Drug & Alcohol Problems on College Campuses

pkuacampColleges and universities that receive federal funding are required to report crimes and illegal behavior on and near their campuses. Researchers at Project Know analyzed these reports, which are available through the Office of Postsecondary Education, and compared the information from 2014 to 2013 while noting any changes.

They compared arrests for alcohol and drug use as well as disciplinary actions taken by the schools. They focused their efforts on a group of about 1,000 schools of medium and larger sizes, which made up about 70% of the overall activity.

The states with the biggest increase in drug-related arrests on campus were Alaska, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Maine, while the biggest decreases were observed in Rhode Island, Vermont, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Hawaii. Those that had the biggest increases in alcohol-related arrests were New York, Nevada, Arkansas, California and Texas. The biggest decreases in alcohol-related arrests were found in Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., Vermont, Wisconsin and Colorado.

The states with the highest percentage of arrests for drug use and alcohol use were Montana and Wyoming, respectively. It is noted that lower population areas and schools only need a few arrests to make a significant impact, but it doesn’t change the statistical significance. Overall, there were about 45,000 alcohol- and drug-related arrests on campuses, with an additional 250,000 other disciplinary actions.

Rather than coming away with this with thoughts about particular colleges or states, the bigger picture is that there are serious problems on our nation’s campuses. The secondary education system as a whole has become a foster of substance abuse and related behavior. While some of this can be chalked up to the age group they’re dealing with, a much more concerted effort by colleges to reverse the substance abuse trends is badly needed.