Do We Have an Amphetamine Problem on College Campuses?

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College is a stressful time for students. Balancing the rigors of studying and coursework with the social and financial demands of college life can be particularly challenging. Some students try to deal with these challenges by taking amphetamines or stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin, thinking it will improve their focus and academic performance or allow them to stay awake and alert late into the night to study, work or party. While Adderall has proven benefits for individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), taking amphetamines for nonmedical or non-prescribed purposes can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. What are amphetamines? Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants that have been used in many forms over the years as a way to reduce hunger and fatigue or improve mental focus. Amphetamines are also an addictive substance and can have severe side effects for individuals who misuse them or take them for non-medical purposes....
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Many Students Taken to ER, But No Specific Information Available

Many Students Taken to ER, But No Specific Information Available
Almost a year after a report to the Syracuse University Senate revealed that ambulances were taking several students per week to the emergency room because of alcohol problems, concrete data on the number of students who are hospitalized for intoxication is still unavailable. According to Syracuse University’s The Daily Orange , despite the report being released, specific and current numbers on just how many students have been hospitalized for being intoxicated are still unavailable The student life committee report stated that several students taken to the hospital last year had more than 0.3 percent in blood alcohol level, including one student who had a blood alcohol content of 0.37 percent. BAC levels above 0.3 percent are life-threatening, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The concrete number of medical transports due to intoxication at SU hasn’t been composed since the Senate report. The Office of Student Rights...
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College Students’ Drinking Drops in the Summer, Spikes During Fall and Spring Break

College Students’ Drinking Drops in the Summer, Spikes During Fall and Spring Break
College students’ drinking drops during the summer, but spikes during the return to school in the fall semester, and during spring break, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego studied alcohol consumption among 462 college freshmen eight times over the course of a year. They looked at associations between drinking and events such as campus festivals, the beginning and end of the semester, and school breaks. They found a 29 percent drop in drinking during the summer, when most students are not on campus, Medical Daily reports. When they returned to campus in the fall, their drinking increased 31 percent. Alcohol consumption jumped by 18 percent around spring break, up until an on-campus festival. The findings appear in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research . According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about four out of five college students drink alcohol....
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Naloxone Offered Free to High Schools Around the Country

Naloxone Offered Free to High Schools Around the Country
The opioid overdose antidote naloxone is being offered free to high schools around the country by the drugmaker Adapt Pharma, according to U.S. News & World Report . Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, quickly reverses overdoses from heroin and prescription painkillers. Naloxone will be offered in nasal spray form to high schools through state departments of education. The Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative is collaborating on the project. Many states do not have rules that would permit high school staff to administer naloxone in an emergency without facing liability from parents or guardians, the article notes. There are significant variations in state and local rules about whether staff is allowed to administer medication to students. In some school districts, medication can only be administered by school nurses, who often work at more than one school. The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) in June said that “incorporating use...
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Smokeless Tobacco Linked to Higher Levels of Harmful Compounds Than Cigarettes

Smokeless Tobacco Linked to Higher Levels of Harmful Compounds Than Cigarettes
People who use smokeless tobacco products have higher levels of nicotine concentrations in their systems, as well as more tobacco compounds linked to increased cancer risk, compared with cigarettes smokers, a new study finds. The study of almost 24,000 adults is published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention . It was conducted by researchers from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Time. The study found adults who used only smokeless tobacco, such as snus or chewing tobacco, had higher levels of tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are compounds associated with an increased risk of cancer. Study participants provided urine or blood samples for measurement from 1999 to 2012, the article notes. “Our results have shown that smokeless tobacco users have high levels of known harmful and addictive constituents and that in some cases these levels are higher than those observed among cigarette smokers....
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