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Drug Abuse

A Drug is any substance that may have medicinal, intoxicating, performance enhancing or other effects when taken or put into the human body.  People take drugs weather legal or illegal for a variety of reasons.  It may be for medical reasons, to stay awake or alert, recreational reasons, to feel acceptance from peers or family, or for changing ones emotional state.  In some circles drug use and abuse is accepted, while it remains unacceptable in others. Legal drugs can be misused, abused, and addictive just as much as illegal drugs.  Legal drugs are any over the counter or prescribed drug.  Illegal drugs are substances that are illegal to possess.

Drug use and abuse can be very counterproductive to reaching your educational and life goals. Students who are out late partying often oversleep and miss classes.  Someone who is hung over is more likely to sleep in or may be too sick to attend class.  People who party several times a week can fall behind on their homework, projects, or papers- causing low GPA and even dropping out of school.

For More Drug Abuse Education:

Addiction Center: College Drug Abuse

Western's Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program: