Alcohol and Drugs Can Greatly Impact the New College Student

Posted on April 22nd, 2010
Posted in Young Adults

There are a number of different challenges that an individual will face when attending college and addiction can be one of them. If a student develops an addiction to illegal or prescription drugs, an academic career can be ruined.

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, as cited by the TJC Newspaper report, the use of prescription drugs increased 18 percent among young adults in 2008, versus results from 2006. In addition, young adults who drink alcohol are 7.5 times more likely to use prescription or illicit drugs and 50 times more likely to use cocaine than those who never drink.

"The students that come for counseling for the use of drugs, experience lack of interest in school. As a consequence they find themselves skipping class because of ‘hangovers’ and have difficulties studying," said Tracey Williams, licensed professional counselor at Tyler Junior College, in the TJC Newspaper.

Data from Medlineplus.com shows that 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. Figures from 2003 show that more than 6.3 million Americans used prescription drugs like OxyContin and Adderall.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the United States and is responsible for 16 percent of all admissions to treatment facilities.

"When a person is addicted to a prescription drug they are more likely to look for new substances without caring if the substance is illegal or dangerous," said Felicia Mayo, professor in vocational nursing education at TJC in Jacksonville.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health highlights that marijuana affects the brain and addiction and psychotic reactions are signs of risk for mental illness. This substance can also affect the heart rate by 20-100 percent.

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