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Drug Abuse on College Campuses

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New Freedoms Bring New Temptations in College

College offers most freshmen an exciting new life that feels, finally, to be free of parental control.  A student's initial interpretation of college living - is that there will be uninhibited freedom to explore and experiment with a number extracurricular activities not found in their old high school.  Sometimes this will include a busy lifestyle partaking of parties and drugs.  This is the core cause for concern and sleep loss in many parents.  If you have a child going away to college, you know what we're talking about.  According to the U.S. Department of Education, 35% of the new freshmen population will comprise the bulk of new drug users and potential drug abusers on college campuses.

Top 10 Types of Drug Abuse on College Campuses

The accessibility alone, makes it much easier to experiment with a variety of controlled substances.  Thankfully, a vast number of colleges with the highest ratio of drug abuse on college campuses have implemented some preventative drug use measures.  These preventive measures consider the college drug testing policy for scholarship sponsored and Greek affiliated students.  And rightfully so considering the fact that 43% of the overall college student body has either tried or is currently addicted to at least one of the top ten drugs found on college campus. We've provided a list of the most common drugs used on college campuses and their effects.

Alcohol also referred to as liquor, booze, wine and beer is the widest controlled substance used on college campuses.  The most prominent effect of alcohol is dependency and according to national statistics 15% of college freshmen are alcoholics or enrolled in an AA program ending their freshman year.  The symptoms of alcohol intoxication include but are not limited to slurred speech, blurred vision, awkwardness or loss of coordination, poor judgment and highly volatile behavior.

Today, stimulants or uppers are both abundant and widely used among college students and are probably of the most volatile of the drugs available on college campuses.  Most college students who abuse stimulants do it to avoid sleep and study for long periods of time but other reasons can include increased energy, heightened sexual stimulation and to lose weight.  Some side effects of stimulates include increased heart rate, irritability, insomnia, psychosis, paranoia, loss of appetite and migraines.  More severe conditions associated with prolonged use of stimulants include strokes, convulsions, muscle tremors and heart attacks to name a few.  Here are four common stimulants used at college:

  • Amphetamines, aka uppers, speed, bumble bees, black beauties, and pep pills can be taken orally, injected, snorted or smoked.
  • Methamphetamine is taken orally, snorted, injected or smoked.  It is also sometimes referred to as:  meth, crystal, crank, fire, ice, croak, crypto, glass and white cross.
  • Ecstasy or herbal ecstasy is considered a sexual stimulant and is commonly found at "raves" or  large trance dance parties and taken in pill form. It's also known on the streets as:  XDC, Xphoria, X, Rave energy, or cloud 9, herbal X, sexstacy and Adam.
  • Cocaine, crack, codeine and V are all either, snorted, smoked, injected or taken orally. Cocaine or crack has also been known to be mixed among other drugs such as marijuana to create a substance called a "Primo". Other names for cocaine or crack include: crank, snow and nose candy.
  • Hallucinogens such as LSD, PCP and mushrooms are all controlled substances.  Most hallucinogens can be taken orally, snorted, smoked and even drunk in tea.  Students abusing hallucinogens will display signs of very low motor function including but not limited to: droopy eyes, constant smacking of the lips, maintaining a sluggish gait and frequently nodding off.  Additionally students report that they have frequent out of body experiences on the drug and often experience extreme panic attacks.
  • Finally, marijuana or Mary Jane, which is also referred to by nicknames such as chronic, blunt, weed, bud or herb is considered to be the second most widely used drug on college campuses.  Aside from alcohol, nearly 65% of student drug abusers smoke or otherwise imbibe in marijuana.  Marijuana can be mixed with other controlled substances also commonly used on college campus.  For example, dipping the marijuana joint into PCP creates what is called on the streets a "A lovely" Or "lovely joint".  Commonly, marijuana is known to increase appetite causing what many refer to as the "munchies".  Additionally, students may have blood shot eyes, dry mouth, loss of coordination and short term memory loss just to name a few of the attending symptoms.