The types of illegal drugs used by college students include ecstasy, LSD, cocaine, heroin and marijuana. Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug by college students – its use tripled between 1994 and 2014. Keep in mind that though marijuana is available legally in some states and jurisdictions, it is still not allowed on college campuses.
Marijuana can make you feel silly, relaxed, sleepy, and happy—or nervous and scared. It may change your senses of sight, hearing, and touch and can make it hard to think clearly.
Some slang names for marijuana are: Weed, Pot, Grass, Herb, Boom
HARMFUL EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA USE
- Memory Problems
- Heart Problems
- Coughing and Breathing Problems
- Drugged Driving
- Loss of Concentration and Caring
- Addiction to Marijuana
Synthetic marijuana packages are often marketed as “safe” which is false advertising. Normally smoked by users, the “high” of synthetic marijuana feels about the same as the “high” from marijuana; however, the affect on the brain can be much more powerful than marijuana. The actual effects of synthetic marijuana can be unpredictable and, in some cases, severe or even life-threatening.
Some slang names for marijuana are:K2, Spice, Skunk
HARMFUL EFFECTS OF SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA
- Elevated Mood
- Altered Perception — reduced awareness of surrounding objects and conditions
- Symptoms of Psychosis —delusional or disordered thinking detached from reality
- Extreme Anxiety
- Paranoia — extreme and unreasonable distrust of others
- Hallucinations — sensations and images that seem real though they are not
Painkillers such as OxyContin or Vicodin, stimulants such as Adderall or Concerta, and depressants such as Xanax or Valium are the most commonly abused prescription drugs on college campuses.
- About 2 in 3 college students are offered prescription drugs by their senior year.
- Around 1/3 of college students will abuse prescription drugs during their college career.
Commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (for pain), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (for anxiety and sleep disorders), and stimulants (for ADHD and narcolepsy).
Central nervous system depressants include:
Pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal®)
Methylphenidate (Ritalin® and Concerta®)
#REALTALK: PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE IS DANGEROUS
THE EPIDEMIC: HEROIN & PRESCRIPTION DRUG OPIOD OVERDOSE
Heroin and other opioids are ravaging communities across America. Deaths from heroin increased 248% between 2010 and 2014. More Americans die from drug overdoses than in car crashes, and this increasing trend is driven by Rx painkillers. (Source: www.drugfree.org)