A new survey finds that binge drinking is down among NCAA athletes, but use of prescription pain medication is up. Of the 21,000 college athletes who were surveyed, 81% of the respondents said they used alcohol within the last year; however, since 2005, binge drinking is down 19% for males and 8% for females. Even with this substantial decrease in binge drinking, 44% of males and 33% of females admitted to binge drinking within the last year.
Prescription pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet are not banned by the NCAA if athletes have a prescription to use them, but six percent of the respondents said they had used the drugs without a prescription. The survey saw a 6% rise in prescription pain medication use since 2009.
In general, college athletes have lower rates of substance use than the general college student population.
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