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Most collegiate recovery groups encourage members to abstain from using any substance. But that may begin to change in the next few years, supporters say, as the opioid crisis likely worsens and more evidence of the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment emerges.

“There’s no reason why a self-help kind of program couldn’t be combined with an approach that is accepting of medication,” Saloner said. “The 12-step community” — which includes groups like Narcotics Anonymous — “is a little bit divided on this issue right now, so there’s still a lot of shunning of people who are on methadone or buprenorphine and want 12-step help, but there’s value in having peers who support you. There’s especially value in having that support network when you’re going through the college experience.”

Ohio State is one of the very few schools to create a medically-assisted treatment program. Students had complained about struggling to get to off-campus treatment between classes and without cars.

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