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MILLIONS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS RELY ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO GET THROUGH FINALS

Digital Citizens, Tuesday, May 14, 2013

College students trying to get through final exams are increasingly relying on prescription drugs to help them study – and all too often they get them from someone else or over the Internet without a prescription.

One in three students reported that they took prescription drugs to get through finals, according to a Zogby Analytics poll commissioned by Digital Citizens. Of the students who took drugs to get through their final exams, one-third reported that they obtained them without a prescription from a doctor. Parents shared equally troubling opinions, with 30 percent expressing concern that their children are using prescription medications obtained without a meeting or conversation with a doctor.


“It's the rampant abuse that can cause serious health complications and even death,” said Tom Galvin, Digital Citizens Executive Director. “Too many young adults are learning a terrible lesson to self-medicate to get through stressful, challenging moments. And as we have all learned, self-medication can have tragic consequences when drugs are misused.”

Highlights from the survey include:

“We want to bring this problem out of the shadows and get people to talk about it,” Galvin said.  "Millions of Americans know it is happening, but we all seem powerless to do anything about it.  That has to change.”


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