The Use Of Drugs And Alcohol On College Campuses

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The use of drugs and alcohol on college campuses has always been a problem but the drastic increase in the amount of college students binge drinking and abusing prescription and illegal drugs from the early 90’s till now is becoming more alarming and has to be acted upon. American colleges have had a problem with alcohol abuse since the first colleges were created, but until recently college drinking has been ignored, and tolerated, although it is proven to have negative effects not only on the students drinking but also on those who have to share the campus with them. The use of illegal drugs such as cannabis, LSD, cocaine, MDMA, and ecstasy on college campuses has also seen a drastic increase since the 90’s but it is not nearly as large as the increase of college students using and abusing prescription drugs, which although legal can be extremely dangerous and addictive. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse(CASA) the amount of college students who drink is at 70% which is quite alarming because a large proportion of these students are under the age of 21. Among these 70%, 40% (half of full time students) report to have binge drank or had 5 or more drinks in 2 hours for men and 4 of more drinks in 2 hours for women. Although the amount of students who binge drink has remained around the same amount since the 90’s the frequency in which they binge drink has shot up. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health those who binge
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