Illicit drugs like cocaine and ecstasy are no longer the primary drugs of choice on college campuses. In the past decade, the non-medical use of prescription drugs has skyrocketed among college students. A 2010 survey of approximately 95,000 college students by the American College Health Association revealed that 15% of students admit to using prescription drugs without a prescription.
The types of drugs most commonly abused and the percent of students using them include:
• Pain killers – 9.3% (includes OxyContin and Vicodin)
• Stimulants – 7% (includes Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta)
• Sedatives – 4.5% (includes Xanax, Valium)
• Antidepressants – 3.2% (includes Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil)
Prescription drugs are readily available to college students. According to research from the University of Michigan, most students obtain prescription drugs from family and friends. Another source is physicians who overmedicate minor medical problems. …