Music that appeals to young audiences and hints at drug use is nothing new. But some genres do a lot more than hint. Rap music, for example, has a decades-long history of lauding the newest drugs and celebrating them in so many words. Now Molly, a drug related to ecstasy, is just the latest in a long line of star brand substances.
Parents often imagine worst-case-scenarios when they send their college freshman off to campus for the first time. They may wonder if their child is going to try drugs as they transition to an unprecedented level of independence and freedom, and then wonder what level of experimentation is going to result in major problems.
It’s not just alcohol consumption and bar fights that have college athletics coaches concerned anymore. The new worry is the growing use of marijuana.
Young drivers are most likely to be involved in sleep related or alcohol related car accidents every year. But if you asked those same drivers which is more dangerous, drunk drinking or driving when tired or distracted, the answer might surprise you. A recent news article discussed a new study that shows a majority of young drivers don’t put the same value in both forms of impaired driving.
Throughout our nation, college students in Florida and other states are becoming more and more addicted to the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine Adderall. The drug is designed for those with ADHD and unfortunately makes it easy for students to get their hands on and misuse it.
It won’t make front page news to learn that the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has stated that college students register higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse than the post-college adult population. One of many reasons that college students have higher rates of substance abuse is that the 18-25 year old brain has not fully developed in areas of judgment and impulse control while the area responsible for risk-taking and pleasure-seeking is just reaching its peak.
Women are often advised before going out with friends to never leave their drink unattended. Even men can fall victim to manipulation when knock-out drugs are involved. For anyone out drinking with friends, it is just sensible practice to always have control over their own glass.
Ritalin, a methylphenidate, has been safely prescribed for children suffering from attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for the past 70 years. It is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, East Hanover, New Jersey. New research released in early 2009 and funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), however, shows that, in mice, Ritalin causes brain changes similar to that of cocaine. Both methylphenidate and cocaine are in the drug class known as psychostimulants. They are Schedule II drugs under the Controlled Substances Act – approved for medical use but also with the highest potential for abuse.