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Illicit drug use has been on the rise since 2006 on college campuses. Find out why and how your campus can be prepared with adequate prevention programs.

Other Drug Use

The term other drug use refers to any drug besides alcohol. While alcohol is the drug of choice among college students, other drug use is a serious concern. According to Monitoring the Future (2013), more than one third of college students (39%) have used an illicit drug in the past year and more than one in five (22.5%) in the past month. The illicit drugs most frequently used by college students include marijuana, amphetamines, and narcotics other than heroin.

Several trends are apparent in college students’ drug use. For instance, MTF reports that the use of illicit drugs has continued to increase since 2006, primarily due to an increase in marijuana use. College students increasingly use prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes, with the use of narcotics other than heroin (e.g., OxyContin, Vicodin) steadily increasing since 1994 and then leveling off after 2002.

depressed-womanWhile the rates of students’ other drug use are much lower than alcohol, illicit drug use can lead to serious negative consequences. Campus prevention professionals, therefore, should assess and address student drug use when designing comprehensive alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs for their students.

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