U.S. college students seeking treatment for substance abuse are more likely to be having trouble with alcohol but less likely to be abusing drugs like heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine than their non-student peers, according to a new government study.
Researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) analyzed data from 2009, when about 374,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 were treated for substance abuse or dependence in the United States.
The overwhelming majority of those admitted for treatment -- about 362,000 -- were young adults who were not enrolled in college or post-secondary school, the researchers found.
About 12,000 of the admissions -- or 3.2 percent of the total -- involved young adults enrolled in higher education.
When researchers looked at patterns of abuse within the two groups, they found significant differences.