A lot of students are getting high while getting their higher education. College is where a majority of people get their introduction to drugs and let their D.A.R.E. counselors down. It makes sense considering college is the time in life when we experiment the most. Without judgement, College Magazine has put together a list of seven drugs that college students are currently using.
This really shouldn’t be a surprise. College campuses are practically drowning in booze and students taking pictures with red solo cups. Despite what you want to think, alcohol is a drug–a very common and sometimes tasty one, but still a drug, nevertheless. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, around 80 percent of college students drink alcohol. J-Kwon would be so proud. Drinking is fine as long as you know that you don’t have to be drunk to have fun.
Adderall is typically taken by ADHD patients. The problem is most people who are using Adderall aren’t diagnosed with ADHD. Or ADD. Or even the common cold. College students are pill-popping to focus in class and stay awake during nightly study sessions. It’s like the new coffee, but way more effective and way more addictive.
Chance the Rapper has called Lucy the “question and answer drug.” I don’t know what that means, but I’m pretty sure he was on acid when he said that. As of right now, only three percent of college freshman have dropped LSD, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Despite the low number of people currently tripping, Lucy is increasing in popularity at an incredible rate, and the U.S. Department of Justice predicts that 10 percent of students will be using LSD by the next decade.
Each year it seems like a new type of ecstasy comes out. Each pill is even more potent than the previous one. First everybody was sweating because of Molly, now Strawberries and Candy are all the rage. Ecstasy has been declared a “club drug” because most folks run on E during festivals and concerts. It’s almost like people become Pac-man while on ecstasy; eating pills, running around in the dark and listening to electronic music.
This drug has become popular over recent years. It has more names than Metta World Peace. Some have called it dirty sprite, purple drank, sizzrup or even Texas oil. Lean is a concoction of soda and prescription cough syrup that comes out purple and gets drinkers high. Some people sip it in strip clubs, others in the morning with their cereal. It makes life feel as if it is in slow motion, and can lead to some very sad outbursts about your ex, on top of being extremely dangerous.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that cocaine usage is on the rise after declining for the past several years. Maybe some folks took the “I’m in love with the Coco” song to heart and started snorting. The numbers are still pretty small, thankfully, as less than 10 percent of college students snort white lines regularly.
With the stress that comes with being a college student, it’s no surprise that kids are turning to Mary Jane to ease their brains. Students have to worry about debt and passing classes every day, so some of them decide to “puff, puff, pass” before class. Studies from the University of Michigan show that daily marijuana usage is increasing on college campuses around the country. The U.S. is becoming more 4/20 friendly, so usage might increase even further over the next few years as more states legalize its use.
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