Sam Lofgran

Publication Date



substance abuse, education, public policy, health




College students are one of the largest groups of substance abusers in the United States. Many turn to substances to deal with mental illness and academic stress, particularly using study drugs to help with their academics. Students are exposed to drugs because of party culture and Greek life, where substance abuse is much more common. Substance abuse impacts many of these students' education, leading them to get lower grades and struggle academically. It also results in more emergency room visits due to substance abuse and addictions. Long-term drug abuse often leads to long-term health problems as well. Universities and outside companies are beginning to educate students more about the dangers of substance abuse and addiction to help rectify the issue, and treatment centers are also working to help those with addictions recover. However currently there are not many practices focusing specifically on the college student population.