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Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Alcohol and other substances, like marijuana, heroin, and over-the-counter drugs, have become extremely prevalent on college campuses across the United States (DualDiagnosis.org, 2015). Liberty University seeks to educate its students, faculty, and staff about the effects these substances have on college students.

Facts and Stats

  • Alcohol, Marijuana, prescription medications (including stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall, etc., central nervous system depressants, and narcotics), Over-the-Counter drugs, Cocaine, Heroin, and Ecstasy are the most commonly abused substances on college campuses.
  • College students make up one of the largest groups of drug abusers nationwide.
  • Young people (ages 18 to 24) are already at a heightened risk of addiction.
  • Over 1,800 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.
  • Daily marijuana use among college-aged young adults is at its highest since 1980, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014.
    • “College-Age & Young Adults,” Drugabuse.gov, Copyright 2015
  • Marijuana use may have a wide range of effects, both physical and mental, which include: breathing illnesses, possible harm to a fetus’s brain in pregnant users, hallucinations and paranoia.
  • Over 60 percent of admissions to emergency rooms are either directly or indirectly due to drug or alcohol usage.
    • “Facts about Alcohol and Drug Abuse,” Fit.edu/caps, Copyright 2015
  • Over 50 percent of all traffic accidents involve the use of drugs or alcohol, with many of these being fatal.
    • “Facts about Alcohol and Drug Abuse,” fit.edu/caps, Copyright 2015


Get Help

If you or someone you know needs help overcoming a substance-related problem, please see the resources listed below.

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