The Other Side: Better Ways To Cope

Photo: (MTV)

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Have you or a friend ever thought about taking pills to cope with stress? Half of Us, mtvU’s campaign on emotional health, spoke to college students recently who shared their stories about prescription drug abuse, as part of a new campaign called “The Other Side.” In addition to shining a light on personal experiences, “The Other Side” also gives advice on how to help a friend and offers better ways to deal with stress.

According to Dr. Victor Schwartz at The Jed Foundation, “even short-term doses (of pills) give side effects.” People can also become “rapidly… addicted to narcotics or opiates and then it becomes difficult to stop taking them.” Like some of the students mentioned in this video, abusing pills can also lead to abusing other drugs, like cocaine or heroin.

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Although pills might seem like an easy way to combat stress, there are much better, healthier ways to cope. Reaching out to student health centers on campus, developing good habits, and turning to friends for support are just some of the ways you can combat stress in college.

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Finally, if someone you know is abusing prescription drugs, there are several places you can turn to help. If they’re in school, Dr. Schwartz recommends turning to “their school counseling system or their clinical care providers.” You can find your school’s counseling center on Half of Us’s site. If they’re not in school right now, they can “see their primary physician” or consult SAMHSA, which has a “referral system in place that gives information about resources to treat both emotional health and drug and alcohol problems.”

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Very soon, “Same Love” singer Macklemore will appear in a special about his own struggles with prescription drug abuse, so stay tuned for that.

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