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Bill Clinton addresses prescription pill abuse on college campuses

Prescription pill abuse is a rampant problem in the United States, and, more often than not, is being taken up by individuals who don't fully realize the harm their habit can cause. In contrast to stereotypical idea of what constitutes an addict, many people who misuse these pills are ambitious students and professionals simply looking for an extra boost to get them through a hectic exam schedule – or a way to calm their nerves after a stressful day at work.

Because this abuse has gotten so prevalent on college campuses across the country, former president Bill Clinton has singled out prescription pills as major discussion topic at the Clinton Global Initiative University 2013 meeting, which begins April 5 at Washington University in St. Louis.

"Every institution of higher education should make sure that 100 percent of students understand that you can't mix prescription pills with alcohol," President Clinton said in a phone call with reporters and students before the event, according to Inside Higher Ed. "It's important that this message [also] go out to students in high schools [and] working people."

While binge drinking is still the most prevalent form of substance abuse at many universities, the misuse of prescribed medications is a growing problem. In addition, a 2012 study from  Western Illinois University revealed that students who developed this habit were more prone to depression and other psychological issues.

If you are concerned that your college-age child may be addicted to prescription pills, contact a professional interventionist today. At Intervention Services, we can help you host a drug abuse intervention and provide the long-term support you and your loved one need throughout the recovery process.

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