The Most Common On-Campus Drugs

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.

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