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The Boston Globe

Opinion

Kaitlin Bell Barnett

A dangerous campus cocktail

Even as recent headlines about fraternity hazing at Dartmouth, Boston University, Cornell, and other campuses have provoked more debate over college binge drinking, a particularly vulnerable group has slipped under the radar: the unprecedented number of students taking prescribed medications for depression, anxiety, attention deficits, and other psychiatric conditions.

While these medications have enabled many students to continue their education into college, they also make them more susceptible to the effects of alcohol abuse. Yet because the issue receives little attention — and because of the stigma often attached to psychiatric conditions — few schools are confronting it head on.

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