A study that will be published in the AUgust 2012 edition of Addictive Behaviors shows an association between nonmedical prescription drugs use and depression in college students. The study was conducted with a survey by the American College Health Association on 26,600 college students. According to the results of the survey, 13 percent of the respondenets used prescription drugs without a prescription and reported feeling “hopeless, sad, depressed, or considered suicide.” The researchers added that these results were more significant among females who reported painkiller use. Researchers suggested that college students attempted to self-medicate their own psychological distress with prescription drugs.
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