As Americans enjoy their summer vacations, the campus police chiefs and public safety directors serving our nation’s 4,200 colleges and universities are already turning their attention to the challenges their agencies will face in the new academic year. One of these challenges is keeping their students and campus communities safe from the adverse impacts of drug abuse.
Part of that challenge is a “good news, bad news” story. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the use of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines is down over the last 10 years. However, only those living under a rock would not know that the misuse of prescription opioids such as codeine, OxyContin, hydrocodone, and Percocet is up. In fact, 14 percent of teens have misused or are now misusing prescription opioids. This includes teens who will soon enter college.