HealthyLife® Students' Self-Care Guide
Section II–Playing It Safe
Drugs & Drug Safety
After alcohol, the most common drugs used on college campuses are tobacco (see “ Don’t Use Tobacco Products”) and marijuana. Other drugs used are amphetamines (uppers); barbiturates (downers); hallucinogens, such as LSD; inhalants; and narcotics, such as cocaine. On the increase is the use of substances known collectively as “club drugs.”These are used at all-night dance parties, such as “raves”or “trances,”dance clubs, and bars. Examples are MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, Rohypnol, Ketamine, methamphetamine, and LSD.
The safest use of drugs is no use of drugs!
For Information, Contact:
Emergency Medical Service (Call 9-1-1) if you suspect alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose
Your school’s Student Health Service, Student Counseling Service, or Alcohol and other Drug Program
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Helpline
Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters (includes Alateen)
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) • www.aa.org
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Drug Treatment Referral Routing Service
Facts on Tap Web site • www.factsontap.org
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information (NCADI)
Penalties for Drug Use
Be aware of the penalties your school and law enforcement authorities can and will take if you possess, use, make, and/or distribute alcohol or illicit drugs. Penalties vary, based on your school’s policy and on the laws that govern certain substances. Penalties your school may take range from verbal or written reprimands to suspension or expulsion from the school. You can be fined and/or put in prison for prosecution of a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the nature of the offense. For example, conviction of possessing or using cocaine, heroin, or even GHB could put you in prison for up to 20 years. If you give GHB to someone else and that person dies, you could be convicted of manslaughter. If you are of legal drinking age and give alcohol to a minor and it causes death, you could be convicted of a felony that carries a 10 year prison sentence.
©2005, 6th edition. American Institute for Preventive Medicine All rights reserved.
March 21, 2007