Every student has some general knowledge of drugs and alcohol. Students may even know someone currently engaged in substance abuse. But how much do you really know about what substance abuse does to the body? How much do you know about the other negative consequences that usually follow? Having full knowledge of the pitfalls that drugs and alcohol commonly lead to may be enough to keep students away from the temptation.
Understanding the types of substances currently available to students is the first step in preventing abuse. While most people know that heroin is an illegal drug, some don’t realize that even cough and cold medicine can be abused. It isn’t unusual for people to know that drinking in excess can be problematic, but how much is too much? Students should recognize the signs of alcohol abuse before they end up needing alcohol rehab. Ideally, prevention should be the goal of every student along with their family and friends.
Knowledge about the array of drugs out there, recognizing the signs of abuse, and understanding how to prevent substance abuse can make a difference. If you understand all of the negative effects, including how much you have to lose, it can be a motivating factor to skip over the substance abuse scene altogether. Being a student comes with a unique set of challenges: Don’t add substance abuse to the list.
General Drug Abuse
- Drugs and the Brain: Explore why drugs are addictive and what drugs do to your brain on this page.
- The Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on Academic Life (PDF): This document discusses the reasons students turn to substance abuse and how it can negatively affect their academic achievements.
- Effects of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse: In addition to offering information on substance abuse, this site discusses the side effects of everything from marijuana to anabolic steroids.
- Illicit and Non-Illicit Drug Use: The site offers a clear explanation of the differences between illicit and non-illicit drug use.
- Teen Drug Abuse: In addition to information on why teens turn to drugs, this site offers help when it comes to talking about drugs as a family.
- Steroid Abuse by School-Age Children (PDF): Information about steroid abuse in school-age children is presented here, including how a student gets started and tips for prevention.
- Adolescent Substance Abuse: Check out a list of factors that could place students at risk for substance abuse.
- Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Among First-Year College Students (PDF): This article discusses the severity of the problem of freshman drug abuse and prevention options to help students looking to transition from high school to college.
Prescription Drug Abuse
- Misuse of Prescription Stimulants Becoming Common: Results of a survey involving students’ use of prescription stimulants and their opinions on the drugs are discussed here.
- Educate Before You Medicate (PDF): This resource discusses why students turn to prescription drug abuse and offers statistics and research to explain the negative effects.
- 11 Facts About Prescription Drug Abuse on College Campuses: In addition to information about prescription drug use, the site offers opportunities for students to be a part of campaigns to promote prevention.
- Trends in the Abuse of Prescription Drugs (PDF): This report, prepared by Jane Carlisle Maxwell PhD, offers an explanation as to why prescription drugs are often a more appealing choice for young adults.
- Combat Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse: This site list out what families can do to prevent students from trying out and becoming addicted to drugs like heroin as well as prescription drugs commonly found at home.
Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse
- Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse: It isn’t always prescription drugs that become a problem for students. Items commonly found in the medicine cabinet can also be problematic.
- Stop Medicine Abuse: Tools to Take Action: Five moms came together to create this initiative to make other parents aware of the dangers of over-the-counter medication and its abuse. Resources and prevention tools are offered here.
- FAQ: “Robo-Tripping”: Learn about the abuse of over-the-counter cough medicines on this page.
- Substance Abuse Prevention and Student Success (PDF): Focusing on alcohol abuse common in a university setting, this page provides lots of information on prevention as well as way to determine how much is too much.
- Fact Sheet: Underage Drinking: In addition to statistics about underage drinking, the site offers a long list of consequences that commonly occur.
- College Drinking: Change the Culture: The consequences and statistics for alcohol abuse and underage drinking are listed here.
- Addressing Student Alcohol Use: This page discusses the college systems model and details screening, intervention, and prevention policies for student alcohol abuse.
- College Drinking: Information on the consequences of college drinking and tips for addressing the issue are found here.
Recognizing the Signs of Substance Abuse
- Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol and Drug Abuse: How can someone know if a person has a problem with drugs or alcohol? A complete list of things to look for is included on this page.
- Self-Test: Do You Have a Drug or Alcohol Problem? This self-test for teenagers allows an individual to get a better idea of whether they really have a problem with drugs or alcohol.
- Straight Talk About Drugs: Geared toward female students, this page offers details about the difference between drugs and medication along with an explanation of when someone might notice that a friend has a problem with substance abuse.
- Drug Abuse and Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Help: Find out about how to spot signs of addiction here.
- What Works for Preventing and Stopping Substance Abuse in Adolescents (PDF): While there are lots of ways to try to prevent drug abuse in students, which options are more effective? This document offers insight into what makes a program successful in preventing drug use.
- Substance Abuse Prevention: A Cost-Benefit Analysis (PDF): What are the costs and benefits associated with substance abuse prevention? This document takes a closer look at policies and programs geared toward prevention.
- The Effectiveness of Mandatory Random Student Drug Testing: Would mandatory random drug testing for students aid in abuse prevention? This page offers information about a study that focused on seven school districts that received grants for drug testing and what they learned from the experience.
- Use of Ecstasy, Heroin, Synthetic Marijuana, Alcohol, Cigarettes Down (PDF): Results of a national survey reveal that the use of drugs like ecstasy and synthetic marijuana declined in 2015.
- National Drug Control Strategy: Read insights into the drug policies that have already been set up and those in process that center on drug abuse in both adults and teens.