Experimental drug use at colleges and universities across the country is just as popular as it has ever been. The massive over-prescribing of dangerous narcotics, however, has led to college kids experimenting with serious drugs much more common than in days past.
With this in mind, it is important to know exactly which drugs are popular with college kids these days. Here is a list of the most popular college drugs.
Prescription Amphetamines (Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse)
Prescription amphetamines are prescribed for those with attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD). They are heavily abused on college campuses, however, even amongst those who do not have these disorders. This is typically done for their ability to help one get large amounts of work done in short periods of time, and/or for the high in which they also provide.
Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin, etc)
Benzodiazepine medications, which are typically prescribed for panic/anxiety disorders, have become immensely popular with young people. They provide effects similar to that of alcohol, but more intense with higher doses. They also have a high risk of causing blackouts, making them popular as date rape drugs and thus highly dangerous to young people.
Prescription Painkillers (Percocet, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Dilaudid, etc)
The root cause of the Opioid Epidemic that is currently claiming the lives of approximately 115 people a day is the over-prescription and ready availability of prescription painkillers. This ready availability of these serious narcotics means young people are being introduced to them at much higher rates than in years past.
Research Chemicals (K2/Spice/Synthetic Marijuana, Bath Salts, Ecstasy, etc)
Research chemicals are drugs that are designed specifically to produce a high in the user, and to circumvent current laws that make similar drugs illegal. While research chemicals are nothing new, the internet has made the knowledge and availability of them much more common. The long-term effects of these chemicals are almost always unknown, and using them is highly risky.
While binge drinking is certainly nothing new in the college/university scene, it is worth mentioning that it is still just as popular as ever. Binge drinking is medically dangerous, and also can lead to highly risky behavior.
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