(Ford & Lindsey, 56). When students get into college, they try to fit themselves into the new
system by trying to act as the older students are doing. Furthermore, curiosity has been
considered as another factor that has caused students to abuse drugs. When the new students see
the older students taking some kind of drugs, they become curious to also try the drugs.
Various signs have been associated with students that are engaged in drug abuse in
American colleges. These signs are as follows; lowered interest in extracurricular and class
activities. Once students start abusing drugs, there interest in classes have been observed to
drastically decrease. Also, drug abusing students are associated with drastic changes in academic
performance (Sutfin, 216). Such students usually set little time to study hence often start
lowering their grades. Moreover, drug addiction in colleges is synonymous with indiscipline
among college students as mentioned earlier. Such students are often seen displaying
uncharacteristic depression, mood swings and irritability. The students often start becoming rude
to their fellow students or even the administration.
Based on availability of some drugs, expectations, social pressure, there are
demographics on colleges that are at increasingly higher risks of getting involved with drug
abuse or encountering the practice itself. Such groups include Sorority and fraternity members.
These are students are within the vicinity of the campus community. Campus athletes are also at
a risk of engaging in drug abuse. This is due to the pressure to perform in various sports.
Students that are experiencing health problems are also most likely to abuse drugs due to their
thinking instability (Sutfin, 220). Finally, students that face intense amounts of stress are often
more likely to engage in drug abuse than students with less stress. This is because such students
seek to find a way of relieving the excess stress by using the drugs.
Statistics on drug abuse among American college students