New Tools to Help Address Prescription Drug Abuse on Campus

October 25, 2010, Rockville, MD – Although alcohol misuse and binge drinking still top the list of substance disorder issues on college campuses, the non-medical use of prescription medications – most notably pain relievers, stimulants, and sedatives – is a growing, serious and often unaddressed problem. A new resource kit available from the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), in collaboration with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), seeks to inform peer educators and campus student leaders and others about the dangers of prescription drug misuse/abuse prevention and treatment.