Higher education institutions have a responsibility to curb drug use as many ways as possible. Missouri’s Linn State Technical College took all the guesswork out of who needed help and who didn’t by drug testing all incoming freshmen. It was a highly proactive approach to addressing drug use in their students, but ultimately was proven to be a violation of students’ constitutional rights.
Although the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in professional and collegiate athletics generates the biggest headlines, recreational drug use is also a problem among many amateur athletes.
Recreational marijuana has been legalized in two U.S. states and has been approved for medical use in 14 others and the District of Columbia. (Medical use legislation is pending in four other states.) Across the country, attitudes toward marijuana are softening, with a surprising number of Americans viewing the drug as harmless. Recent research, however, shows that even a small amount of marijuana use has negative consequences, including making it less likely a person will finish their college education.
Important truths about teen alcohol and drug use may come as a surprise to many parents and school officials – especially in terms of the age at which teens start developing patterns that may indicate lifetime use.
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.