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In a 2012 study of college students across the United States, approximately 13% of the population self-reported taking prescription drugs for non-medical use and/or without a doctor's prescription.  This includes experiences like buying Ritalin from a peer or dealer, or even taking a family member's leftover Oxycontin.  If it wasn't prescribed to the person, it is considered prescription drug abuse.  Simply because others take it medicinally does not mean it is safe for you to take, as well.  Each person responds differently and may need different levels, chemicals, or treatment; therefore, it is best to see a doctor if you or someone you know is interested in prescription drugs.

There are risks to prescription drug abuse, such as addiction, dependence, and even legal implications.  Some of the drugs taken without a prescription can have other dangerous side effects, including suicidal thoughts and depressive symptoms.  Having a doctor know that a person is on these medications and regularly monitoring the person is incredibly important in order to keep these symptoms in check.

If campus life is feeling stressful or overwhelming, consider talking to a counselor at the Counseling Center or talking to a peer from A Place to Talk (APTT).  These people can give you the ear you may need to get you through a difficult moment in your college career.