According to statistics released by the Center for Substance Abuse
Prevention, approximately one-third of college students have used marijuana in
the past year, 5.6 percent have used cocaine in the past year, 4.3 percent used
LSD, and a combined total of 3.3 percent used heroin and/or opiates.
What should this mean to you? It means that two-thirds of college students didn't
use marijuana in the past year, 94.4 percent haven't used cocaine in the
past year, 95.7 percent haven't used LSD, and a combined total of 96.7
percent haven't used heroin and/or opiates.
What that really means is that you can't use the excuse
"everyone" else is doing it. Or allow yourself to be swayed by peer
pressure. If a vast majority of college students don't do drugs, why
should you? And even if they did drugs are still dangerous, addictive, expensive and illegal.
Prevention and Help
Like most things, the best way to prevent forming a habit is to never start
doing drugs in the first place.
If you already have a drug problem, get help before your problem gets worse.
Contact a school health care practitioner or a local Narcotics Anonymous
program, or call the National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline at 800-662-HELP,
the National Cocaine Hotline at 800-COCAINE or a local community hotline.
You can get involved and help organize activities and resources for drug-free
students on your campus. Students for a Drug Free America (SDFA) recruits
students to start campus chapters. SDFA can be contacted by calling 615/832-0054
or sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.