A Look into the Drug Culture in College

It is an inescapable truth that there is a thriving drug culture on college campuses all across the country. It is something that parents and young adults alike, should prepare for. The dangers are the same, whether students are staying close to home or heading thousands of miles across the country. College is likely their very first taste of freedom and with that freedom, comes the responsibility to be educated about what may lie ahead.  Let’s take a look at the contributing factors of drug use in college and the culture that encompasses it. 

Sports

You would think that sobriety would be a necessity while playing sports, but steroid use is a very real pressure on aspiring athletes. At the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), on average One in 38 players football players test positive for Anabolic steroids.1 The statistics are much lower when you look at the everyday pressures that are put on players. One in five males between 18-25-years-old consider taking PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs). Many believe it is the only path to success if they want to become a professional athlete. 10% of adults in the US identify as being in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse.Substance abuse isn’t subjective and no one has to start recovery alone. See if you need help today.TAKE QUIZ

Academics

There is a lot of pressure on college students to score a high GPA. This is not always exclusively self-inflicted pressure, either. This can be a requirement of college scholarships, financial assistance, or a masters program they hope to get into.  Prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin, are often used in order to increase focus and provide better concentration on exams. They can also help students stay up later cramming for a test.  According to The Yale Tribune, there are geographical elements at work, as well.2 While students in Rocky Mountain colleges use these types of drugs an average of 25% (basically one in four students), that number increases in New England colleges. There, on the east coast, that number is higher at around 40%.

Socialization

There is a lot of pressure on college students to score a high GPA. This is not always exclusively self-inflicted pressure, either. This can be a requirement of college scholarships, financial assistance, or a masters program they hope to get into.  Prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin, are often used in order to increase focus and provide better concentration on exams. They can also help students stay up later cramming for a test.  According to The Yale Tribune, there are geographical elements at work, as well.2 While students in Rocky Mountain colleges use these types of drugs an average of 25% (basically one in four students), that number increases in New England colleges. There, on the east coast, that number is higher at around 40%.

  1. Otterson, Jane. (2017). Infographic: Steroid Abuse in High School and College Athletes.
  2. The Yale Tribune. (2018). College Students Continue Abusing ADHD medications.
  3. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2018). Alcohol Facts and Statistics.