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Abused Substances

Alcohol – Alcohol is a sedative hypnotic drug.

Marijuana – Marijuana is a psychoactive drug extracted from the plant Cannabis sativa. Marijuana is a Schedule 1 narcotic.

Prescription Drug Abuse- While alcohol abuse and binge drinking still top the list of substance abuse issues on college campuses, the non-medical use of prescription drugs—most notably stimulants, sedatives and pain relievers—is a growing, yet under addressed  problem (SAMHSA, 2009; NCASA, 2007).

Opiates – Opiates are narcotics and used for their sense of pleasure and relaxation. Some drug names are opium, heroin, morphine, oxycodone (Percodan, OxyContin), meperidine (Demerol), and hydrocodone (Vicodin).  Nationally, there is a 64% increase in the last five years for emergency department visits involving heroin.

Sedative Hypnotics – Sedative-hypnotics are drugs that depress the body’s function, which results in a feeling of relaxation, reduced anxiety, and sleepiness.

Stimulants – Adderall (amphetamine) is the most commonly misused stimulant on Wake’s campus.  .

TobaccoAt WFU, 19% of males and 16% of females reported smoking cigarettes in the last 30 days.

To learn more about Truth About Drugs.