Kaitlin Bell Barnett
A dangerous campus cocktail
Even as recent headlines about fraternity hazing 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 medications have enabled many students to continue their education into college, they also make them more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol abuse. Yet because the issue receives little attention — and because of the stigma that’s often attached to psychiatric conditions — few institutions are confronting it head on.