Substance Abuse

Drugs refer to substances that can alter how one’s body functions and mind works. Often, individuals use substances to feel good, cope with stress, or to do well in school and work. These substances often include methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, inhalants, and cannabis. In addition, alcohol and prescription drugs are also among the common substances that can alter one’s body function.

When drugs are used improperly, it can lead to drug abuse. This can lead to a variety of adverse health outcomes, such as drug dependence and fatality. Additionally, drug abuse is associated with increased stress, interpersonal problems, and reduced productivity at school and work.

 For more information about substance abuse, refer to the National Institute of Health on Drug Abuse website.

Be Educated About Drug Effects

Throughout college, students may be faced with stress, anxiety, peer pressure, and the desire to experiment. However, it is important to know the effects of drug use:

Alcohol—Side effects of excess alcohol include: violent outbursts, headache, mood swings, impaired cognitive function, and loss of consciousness

Adderall—Often used as a study drug, can lead to nervousness, rapid heart rate, seizures, mania, and aggressive behavior.

Ecstasy—Known as the party drug, ecstasy use can lead to rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, and fatal cardiac episodes.

Cannabis—When used improperly, individuals may be at risk for lung disease and impaired brain function.

To learn more about the side effects of drug use, visit the Addiction Resource. If you would like to learn more about the resources for Alcohol and Drug Education at the University of Miami, contact the Sandler Center.


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