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Recreational Drugs


Use of psychoactive drugs to induce an altered state of consciousness for pleasure, by modifying the perceptions, feelings and emotions of the user.


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Recreational drugs are generally in three categories: depressants (feeling of relaxation and calm); stimulants (induce sense of energy and alertness); hallucinogens (induce perceptual distortions).

Recreational drugs include alcohol, cannabis, nicotine, caffeine, heroin, cocaine, club drugs, etc.

Alcohol makes up the vast majority of substance-related problems on college campuses.

Adderall and other stimulants are increasing in popularity among college students who are facing pressure to meet all of their academic requirements.

The exposure to a variety of people in college, stressors of adjusting to new environments, participating in fraternity and sororities, and many other aspects of student life increase risk of college drug abuse disorders.

Between 1993 and 2005, a Columbia University study on college substance abuse showed the proportion of students who abuse prescription painkillers rose 343%

Studies have found that taking stimulants to boost academic performance doesn’t result in better grades, but it does put long-term health at risk.










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 Last Modified 8/7/20