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Student Health: Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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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

Prescription Drug Abuse

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.

Underage/College Drinking

Recognizing the Signs of Substance Abuse


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