YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Spring finals at Youngstown State University start next week as members of the Coalition for a Drug Free Mahoning County were passing out free information and t-shirts on campus promoting abstinence from prescription drugs like Ritalin and Adderall.
Some use the drugs as study aids to stay awake and focus on their coursework. However, students with addiction support groups said this can be a very difficult time of year.
Matt Minor is with the group YSU for Recovery which was founded three years ago on campus. A study conducted last year suggests 95 percent of YSU students manage to stay away from so-called study aids and Minor understands why.
“Smaller universities that are private and people have more money; they are able to afford prescription drugs compared to if you go to a bigger campus,” said Minor.
Leaders with the coalition say another advantage is YSU’s reputation as a commuter campus.
“There is not much accessibility to other students’ prescriptions,” said Angela McClellan with Drug Free Mahoning County.
Student members of YSU for Recovery offer support to each other throughout the year. Member Matt Glover said talking with peers is helpful.
“I think we can bond together and talk to each other about the different stressors that we’re feeling to persuade us away from our drug of choice and or alcohol of choice,” said Glover.
Members of the coalition claim YSU’s 95-percent abstinence figure is better than the national average, and they intend to keep it that way.