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The Most Common On-Campus Drugs

When many people realize the freedom that moving away from home for the first time affords them, they may be a bit overzealous to take advantage of it. Lots of students try drugs for the first time within their first years in school.

The most commonly abused drug is alcohol. Because alcohol is legal, it doesn’t have the stigma attached to it that illegal drugs do, making more students willing to try it. Of course, underage consumption of alcohol is illegal, but students believe their newly acquired independence makes them mature enough to drink.

Marijuana is the most widely-used illegal drug. A 2003 report from the Office of National Drug Control Policy showed that as many as half of all college students have tried marijuana at least once in their lifetime, with nearly one in five having used it within the last month. Because of its prevalence, many students develop a lax attitude about pot and forget that it is an illegal, mind altering substance. Frequent use of marijuana can have a serious effect on your studies. As a matter of fact, students who have a D average are four times as likely to have smoked weed in the past year than those who have an A average.

Other drugs that are frequently used by college students include:

  • Cocaine
  • Psychedelics (such as LSD and¬†psilocybin mushrooms)
  • MDMA and Ecstacy
  • Opiates (such as Xanax and Ketamine)

Because drug use carries the risk being kicked out of school, injuring yourself,  or being arrested, it is important that students seriously weigh their personal decision of whether or not to use drugs against their goals for their futures.

Enhanced Safety Measures on Some College Campuses

Because of the surprisingly high number of incidents like aggravated assault and sexual assault that take place every year on college campuses across the United States, many university officials are implementing various safety measures to try and keep students, faculty, and staff members safe on and around college campuses.

Different schools have employed different measures, all with varying degrees of success. Some schools have hired additional campus police officers to patrol campuses, hoping that their presence alone will be enough to prevent and deter crimes from taking place. Often, these individuals can be found riding bicycles or driving golf carts around campus to make their presence as widespread as possible.

Other universities have implemented alert systems, or emergency phones, throughout campuses, giving students and other individuals on-campus a quick way to contact authorities if anything goes wrong. In most instances, these systems are small posts that resemble light posts or payphones and are scattered throughout highly-trafficked areas on a college campus. If ever someone feels unsafe or notices an incident occurring, they can simply pick up the phone at one of these stations and be immediately connected to on-campus law enforcement.

Some schools have also implemented a safe ride program that primarily serves individuals who find themselves walking alone at night. With these services, students who find themselves working late and are worried about walking home alone can call the safe ride phone line and get a ride from their location to their dorm room for free. Usually, they are picked up in a golf cart that is driven either by a campus police officer or a volunteer if these programs are student-staffed.

Unfortunately, despite these safety measures, incidents of assault, sexual assault, burglary, and various drug offenses remain shockingly high on college campuses. When the measures above fail to prevent crime from occurring, perpetrators often find themselves in need of a criminal lawyer, as the charges against them include proposed penalties that extend far beyond school-ordered penalties, even when the accused individuals are students. To make sure that the recent graduate you may be hiring isn’t a drug offender, make sure to conduct a pre-employment test.

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