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Drug refers to a medicine or other substance having a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. According to the Addiction Centre, “College students make up one of the largest groups of drug users and abusers nationwide.” This is due to the fact many young adults entering college experience natural social anxiety. Drug use among college students goes far beyond alcohol consumption. Since the early 1990’s the proportion of student using marijuana daily has more than doubled, and use of drugs like cocaine and heroin are up 52%.

The students’ abuse of prescription drugs opioids, stimulants and tranquilizers has exploded. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, “From 1993 to 2005, the proportion of students who abuse painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin increased to 343%to 240,000 students; stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, 93% to 225, 000; tranquilizers like Xanax and Valium, 450% to 171, 000; and sedatives like Nembutal and Seconal, 225% to 101,000”, (Califano Jr, 2007).

College Drug Abuse

Adderall use rising among college students


Drug use among college students can be linked to:

  • Stress. As students are facing the high demands of coursework, part-time jobs, internships, social obligations and more, many turn to drugs as a way to cope.
  • Course load. Students are increasingly taking stimulants such as Adderall to help them stay awake. All too often, these prescription drugs are obtained without a legitimate prescription.
  • College students are exploring many new aspects of their lives in personal and professional realms. It’s not uncommon for that self-exploration to dip into drug experimentation.
  • Peer pressure. Students surrounded by other people experimenting with recreational and performance-enhancing drugs are more likely to try these substances for themselves.

According to CASA, “With an increase in substance abuse among college students, the consequences are devastating”. Each year:

  • More than 1,700 students die from alcohol poisoning and alcohol injuries
  • 700,000 students are assaulted by classmates who consume lots of alcohol
  • Almost 100,000 students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assaults and rapes

SAY NO TO DRUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Written By: Sasha-lee Moodie

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