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63. Prescription Drug Abuse on Campus: A View from the Trenches

Date/Time: Available as a Webinar Replay
Duration: 1 hour
Facilitators: Jonathan Beazley
Price: $98

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Over the past 15 years the use and abuse of prescription drugs in adults over age 12 has increased several fold; estimates based on treatment admissions were as high as 400% from 1998-2008. Since most substance addictions start between ages 18 and 25, college age adults are at exceptional risk. Historically, prevention efforts in middle and high schools have not always targeted prescription drug use in the same way as they have alcohol or marijuana. As a result, many young adults have admitted trying drugs such as hydrocodone or oxycodone at parties with little knowledge as to the health risks and addictive potential of these narcotics. In our universities the use of non-prescribed psycho-stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin as a “study-aid” is so imbued in the campus culture that it is seen as normal and acceptable behavior. Many of these young adults may also use these drugs in conjunction with alcohol and/or other drugs, sometimes with life-threatening consequences. This webinar will help any person who works with the college student population better understand the prevalence of the problem, what drugs are being abused and by whom as well as how to effectively intervene with these students.

In this webinar participants will learn more about:
  • The types of prescription drugs being abused
  • The prevalence of use of these drugs in universities and surrounding communities
  • How to identify at-risk students and intervene effectively
  • Evidenced-based treatment options available
Student Affairs Staff who work in mental health/ counseling roles, and/or student support services; faculty, administration, student health services and community providers who work with this population.

Jonathan Beazley LMFT LADC is a clinician with over 33 years in the field of substance abuse treatment. He is presently the AOD (Alcohol and Other Drugs) Interventionist at the UConn campus in Storrs where he provides student counseling, campus outreach, internship training and educational seminars. He also has a private practice in Chaplin, CT, where he works with individuals, groups, families and couples, predominantly focusing on prescription drug abuse. He has managed several substance abuse programs in the past including inpatient detoxification, residential, intensive outpatient and outpatient levels of care.

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