Campuses around the globe have been known for the continual influx of substance abuse in students over the years. Although, it continues to grow, especially within the United States. For years, abusing alcohol and drugs on a college/university campus has been somewhat of a rite of passage or a statement of freedom. Although the effects of these rites and statements can often be quite frightening.
Experimentation of drug use and abuse is starting younger and younger in children’s lives, although a large amount of this experimentation can begin on a college campus. Without the construction of parental boundaries, teenagers and young adults in their early twenties continue to push the drug and alcohol limitations. These experiments with drugs and alcohol may be the start of a long life of substance abuse and addiction if not caught in their early stages.
Alcohol is definitely seen to be the most popular of substances abused on campuses, although the rate as which prescription drugs are being use, becomes higher with each passing year. Marijuana, seen to be the leading gateway drug of the nation, is also a substance that is becoming abused more with each passing year.
When a study was done at Columbia University for an article on campus substance abuse and its relationship to addiction, there were many informative reports recorded. Here are some of the highlighted facts regarding students and on-campus drug and alcohol abuse at Columbia in these such findings:
In nineteen ninety-three over five percent of students were using illegal drugs other than that of marijuana. These drug included, but were not limited to: heroine, cocaine, acid, and mushrooms. Within twelve years, the percentage has now increased to over eight percent of students reported to be using these same illegal drugs, and more.
With respects to prescription drugs, Columbia students reported in nineteen ninety-three, to only have less than one percent using and/or abusing. Then, as of ten years later, over three percent of students had been reported to be using prescription drugs as a hobby, on weekends, and during party scenes. The most popularly abused prescription medications reported were OxyCotin and Percocet.
Although the number of students reported to drink alcohol during their campus experience has remained in regular flux over the years, the amount of binge drinking students has increased incredibly. In nineteen ninety-three only a little over nineteen percent of students had reported to have had a bring drinking spree once or more in their college/university experience. Then, in two thousand and five, over eighty percent of students were said to have not only been binge drinking on a regular basis, but some were included in arrests due to this drinking.
Administrators, faculty and staff can only do so much on campus, and parents are often miles away. Educating young adults on the dangers of substance abuse is important before they leave the nest. This will hopefully leave a lasting impressing within them that they will turn to in a questionable drug and alcohol related situation on campus.
If you have a student that is abusing drugs or alcohol and may need assistance, it is always in the best interest of a family to direct questions and concerns to a professional. Inquiring with a professional drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, may give you and your family the answers you need to stop the alcohol or drug abuse before it leads to even more harmful outcomes.