(Time Healthland) Study: College-Age Youths Increasingly Overdose on Alcohol and Drugs. College-age youth are increasingly overdosing on drugs and alcohol, according to 1999–2008 data on hospitalizations in this age group. The rate of hospitalizations following overdose skyrocketed in people aged 18 to 24, the new study found: overdoses involving alcohol in combination with other drugs increased 76%; overdoses involving drugs other than alcohol rose 55%; and those involving alcohol alone went up 25%. The most striking rise was seen in overdoses involving prescription painkillers, which leapt 122% over the same period. Click here to read more.