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The Misuse Of Drugs In Higher Institutions

College life to some is often associated with parties where binge drinking and abuse of recreational and prescription drugs are common.


A national report shows that a huge number of abusers are college students.

Young individuals [ages 18 to 24] are already at an increased risk of addiction.

It is common for many students to come across problems of natural social anxiety when they begin life in college. For students who do not engage in extracurricular activities or clubs find it easier to socialize through drinking. Not every student within the college begins to binge drink or to abuse drugs immediately, but it is the problem of having drinks routinely to have some additional fun, which leads many students towards an addiction.


There is also a very small chance for the people that are not in these institutions to use drugs as compared to those studying there.


Reasons For Drug Abuse In Colleges

There are many reasons that cause people to start using these drugs such as

  • Anxiety
  • For students dealing with the stress of coursework, part time jobs, internships and the likes many students turn to drugs as a coping mechanism.
  • Academic Demands
  • The pressure to complete their assignments within the due dates leads more students to begin taking stimulants such as Adderall, which can help them to stay awake late at night for the studies.
  • These prescription medications are usually obtained without a legitimate prescription in most cases.
  • Curiosity
  • College students, because of their young age and fewer responsibilities want to try out new things.
  • They will thus be curious to try out some things such as drugs and alcohol.
  • Group/Social/Peer Pressure
  • Students who are surrounded by their seniors who could be experimenting with recreational and performance-enhancing drugs are more than likely to attempt to use these substances for themselves.

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Diet Tablets And Eating Issues At College

Students in colleges are more susceptible to eating disorders than others.

National Institute of Mental Health pegged that 1 in 4 college students suffers eating disorders. It has increasingly been observed that this statistic is substantially growing among students in the last couple of years. Desperate to lose weight, a large number of students resort to diet pills to achieve their weight loss goals. Indiscriminate use of diet pills can have severe health consequences. Get more info about unhealthy eating behaviours and diet tablets overuse on college campuses.


Types Of Drugs Found In Higher Institutions

There is no drug available with the immunity for college experimentation, and this is simply because trends have been changing constantly over a period of time.

With that said, certain drugs are most commonly abused in college campuses. The examples are

  • Alcohol is attributed to most cases of campus troubles that are related to substance use.
  • It is not considered illicit especially if you are of age hence regulating or identifying abuse of this substance is often overlooked.
  • On the other hand, Adderall also popularly known as the study drug, it is the choice prescription drug for staying awake among students.
  • Pot is now being used most by many students because many states have started legalizing it.
  • Marijuana beats alcohol consumption in some campuses.
  • Ecstasy, which was very popular in the 90s, has started becoming popular in college campuses again in a more concentrated form, called molly or MDMA.
  • Students in college are within the target age range for this "party drug" that is often abused by teenagers and young adults in their 20s.
  • In many social events where musicians come to perform, you will never fail to come across students using Molly.

College Students And The Effects Of Alcohol

Alcohol gained its notoriety as the most popular and legally accessible substance among college students. Alcohol is always present in all the social gatherings in the colleges.

Most college pupils end up assuming more booze that non college students because its abuse during college is common and often excused.


Four out of five college students consume alcohol during their time in college.

The Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have reported that nearly half of the population in colleges indulge in excessive drinking. Binge drinking causes severe health damage over a period of time, but it also contributes to immediate mishaps like accidents and violent fights. Learn more about binge drinking and the effects of alcohol on college campuses.


Substance Abuse In Fraternities And Sororities

The students in the Greek system tend to drink more than those that are not even though they have an environment that hinders them from doing that.

Members of a Greek system abuse drugs more than other students.


Seeking Assistance For Drug And Alcohol Abuse

If you or someone you know in campus is overtly showing signs of any of the aforementioned abuse, take urgent action to ask for help. We can help you get the best assistance in stopping this addiction. Regain control of your life by contacting us on 0800 246 1509 about your substance abuse.