The Most Used Drugs On College Campuses
What would the college be without rampant drug use? Successful is your answer. We’re not saying that everyone should be druggies, but experimentation with your peers is something everyone goes through.
And as we all know college kids get down and they will expose you to all types of drugs you never even knew about. Bottoms up!
These are the most used drugs on college campuses.
The abuse of ketamine, a tranquilizer most often used on animals. It became popular in the 1980s when it was realized that large doses cause reactions similar to those associated with the use of PCP such as dream-like states and hallucinations. The liquid form of ketamine can be injected, consumed in drinks, or added to smokable materials. The powder form can also be added to drinks, smoked, or dissolved and then inject- ed. In some cases, ketamine is injected intramuscularly.
Since the mid-1990s, a sharp increase of prescription drug abuse among youth, including college students, has been documented in numerous sources. In conjunction with this increase, the abuse of oxycodone has also grown. Oxycodone is an opioid—a prescription narcotic—used medically to control pain. Oxycodone acts on the brain, affecting the way a person experiences both pain and pleasure; because of this latter effect, use sometimes results in an initial euphoria. The marketed form of OxyContin (or in other forms, Percocet or Percodan) is a controlled-release tablet or capsule.
8. Xanax Bars
Xanax, generically known as alprazolam, is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Xanax is prescribed for the treatment of anxiety disorders and panic attacks. This drug is habit forming and often abused for the calm and soothing feeling that it induces. Xanax addiction is difficult if not impossible to overcome alone, but Xanax users can achieve a lasting recovery with the help others and quality drug addiction treatment.
The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The mushroom-derived hallucinogen, called psilocybin, is known to trigger transformative spiritual states, but at high doses it can also result in “bad trips” marked by terror and panic. The trick is to get the dose just right, which the Johns Hopkins researchers report having accomplished. In their study, the Hopkins scientists were able to reliably induce transcendental experiences in volunteers, which offered long-lasting psychological growth and helped people find peace in their lives — without the negative effects.
Oxycontin, also known as hillbilly heroin, was first introduced as a high potent pain reliever in 1995. It has rapidly become a highly abused prescription drug by children, teens, college students, and many other people in the U.S. In the short time it has been on the market, it has become the most highly abused drug in America. There are several ways in which the drug is used, depending upon the person. It can be taken orally, chewed, crushed and snorted, or dissolved and injected like heroin. It is highly addictive and often deadly.
The two major types of prescription drugs used and abused in colleges throughout the United States are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medications like Adderall or Ritalin and antianxiety drugs such as Klonopin. Klonopin triggers certain chemicals in the brain to make a person feel more stable and calm in potentially stressful situations. It can seem like an easy solution for college students struggling to adjust or fit in. Klonopin is prescribed as a short-term anxiety reducer, but many users and abusers ignore the “short-term” aspect. After relying on Klonopin’s calming effects for longer than prescribed, students will begin to psychologically feel that they need the drug to function. This dependence on Klonopin to manage everyday life will lead to addiction.
4. Cocaine, 12% College Users
Among U.S. college students surveyed as part of the Monitoring the Future Study, 8.2 percent reported they have used cocaine during their lifetimes, 4.8 percent reported past-year cocaine use, and 1.6 percent reported past-month cocaine use. Cocaine is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant that can be snorted, smoked, or injected. Cocaine comes in two forms: a white crystalline powder and an off-white chunky material (crack). Physical effects of cocaine use include constricted blood vessels and increased temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Users may also experience feelings of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety. Users who smoke the drug also may suffer from acute respiratory problems, including coughing, shortness of breath, and severe chest pains with lung trauma and bleeding.
Studying for finals. Paying attention in class. Simply wanting to feel wired. The explosion of illegal Adderall use by students on college campuses across the country has many root causes– and a number of strange side effects. Students’ usage of the so-called “study drug” is apparently becoming so prevalent that some say it is putting non-Adderall users at an academic disadvantage. As University of North Carolina senior Elizabeth Melenbrink argued in a letter to the editorpublished this past fall in The Daily Tar Heel , “The use of Adderall in academics certainly makes the playing field less even. If it’s so easy to get a hold of, then should we compromise our standards and use it too so that we can compete on a higher level? Are the disparities so great that universities should implement such extreme measures as drug testing before exams? Is it a legitimate excuse to explain away my (low) GPA by my refusal to use Adderall?”
2. MDMA (Ecstasy & Molly)
MDMA (Ecstasy), a synthetic drug with both psychedelic and stimulant effects, is typically consumed orally in pill form. Although MDMA is predominantly known as a club drug due to the prevalence of its use at nightclubs and parties called raves, it is also being used increasingly in other settings, such as college dorms. The effects of MDMA last between four and six hours and can include: confusion, depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and paranoia. Physical effects of MDMA include muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching (which is why some users suck on pacifiers), nausea, blurred vision, feeling of faintness, tremors, rapid eye movement, and sweating or chills. Rave attendees who use MDMA also risk dehydration, hyperthermia, and heart or kidney failure. MDMA use also damages parts of the brain that are critical to thought and memory.
Nearly half (49.5 percent) of the U.S. college students surveyed as part of the Monitoring the Future Study reported using marijuana at least once during their lifetimes. Approximately 35 percent (34.7 percent) of college students had used marijuana at least one time during the past year. 19.7 percent were current users of marijuana (meaning they used marijuana at least once during the month prior to being surveyed).