Drug usage on college campuses is nothing new. However, many parents of college students just do not understand how much drugs are being consumed by students. The following information will shed some light on the current drug situation that is taking place on college campuses. It will also give them some information about how to keep their kids from getting hooked.
The biggest drug on campus is not a narcotic substance but alcohol. It has been reported that 1 in 3 college students took a drink of alcohol within the past 30 days. Some reports indicate that at least 4 out 5 college students drink.
That is about 80% of all college students that consume intoxicating substances. In many cases, these students drink at least once on the weekend and a quite a few drank every day. The point is that many college students drink alcohol for social and private reasons.
While alcohol is the biggest drug on campus, students do other drugs such as marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine and heroin. Keep in mind that heroin is a commonly done in the form of pain pills that contain heroine.
If a parent hears their child mentioning words such as codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone or oxycodone they should become alarmed. These drugs contain heroin and have the potential to turn their children into addicts.
Parents might not recognize when their college-aged kids are doing drugs. However, there are some signs that can tip them off. A child’s change in appearance, unexplained paranoia or getting little sleep; are indications that a student might be doing drugs.
Keep in mind that if your college student has unexplained changes in their behavior or suddenly starts to lie, steal or be dishonest – they might be hooked on drugs. You should also be careful about your child being paranoid. Read more: American Addiction Centers Reviews | Rehabs and American Addiction Centers Reviews | Glassdoor
If your child becomes depressed and you notice this behavior, they might drink to cope with depression. It is not uncommon for depressed people to consume alcohol. A mom or dad should always suspect that something is wrong when their adult child starts to act secretively. Yes, it is true that young adults want to keep their business to themselves.
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Still, if they’re living in their parent’s home, they shouldn’t try to be secretive about their job or the people they are hanging around with.
Parents should realize that all students are not necessarily being rebellious by using drugs or alcohol at school. Some are curious and others want to explore. Don’t forget that there is a lot of pressure for kids to engage in the use of these drug substances while at school. The reality of drug and alcohol abuse on college campuses is very real.
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