Approximately 30 percent of U.S. college students say they engage in binge drinking. Some consider alcohol a highly addictive substance, so consuming copious amounts of it on frequent occasions may not be the best idea. Some believe drinking alcohol often leads to other drug addictions. Drug problems can thwart plans to earn a degree. If you run into drug-related trouble at school, knowing what type of support is available may help you get academics (and life) back on track.
Know the risks
In addition to alcohol, you may be able to easily access other types of drugs on campus as well. For instance, recreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado. It’s usually not hard to come by in college. There are laws restricting possession of marijuana. If a police officer accuses you of breaking such laws, your college career may take a nosedive. The following list includes other drugs commonly found on college campuses in the United States:
- The scientific name for drugs known as ecstasy or Molly is Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Grave health risks are associated with these drugs. Not only might you find it difficult to keep up with the rigors of college academics while using such drugs, you may also be at risk for seizures, heart failure or hallucinations.
- You or someone you know may already be addicted to prescription amphetamines. You may have heard of a “study drug” also known as Adderall that many college students say enhances concentration and academic performance. The Drug Enforcement Agency classifies Adderall and similar drugs, such as Ritalin, as Schedule II substances.
- Many college students want to get high, fast. They attempt this by crushing and snorting drugs like Adderall and Ritalin.
When you entered school in Colorado, you likely did so with certain plans for your future in mind. Facing drug charges is almost a sure fire way to impede or permanently halt your college goals. If you are currently struggling with an alcohol or drug-related addiction, there are strong support networks to help you.
Regarding drug-related legal problems, many college students have been able to overcome such obstacles by relying on experienced defense assistance.