Big Picture: The Opioid Crisis Hidden on College Campuses
- Some 33,000 people in the U.S. died of opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- College students are as likely as others to abuse the narcotics, according to a survey of 1,200 college-age adults commissioned that same year by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy and the Christie Foundation.
- Federal law doesn’t require colleges to report drug deaths unless they are deemed criminal.
- Drug company Adapt Pharma Ltd. announced last month that it would offer 40,000 free doses of its branded version, called Narcan, to colleges nationwide. So far roughly 60 schools have reached out, according to company officials.
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