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Wed May 1, 2013, 12:34 PM

You have a college student and you learn he/she is using drugs;

legal consequences aside, which would worry you the most?
19 votes, 1 pass | Time left: Unlimited
Occasional use of marijuana
1 (5%)
Use of ADHD drugs for all night studying sessions before exams and preparing papers under deadline.
2 (11%)
Binge drinking
16 (84%)
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Reply You have a college student and you learn he/she is using drugs; (Original post)
hedgehog May 2013 OP
dballance May 2013 #1
HappyMe May 2013 #4
Johonny May 2013 #14
tabbycat31 May 2013 #22
AngryAmish May 2013 #2
hedgehog May 2013 #5
City Lights May 2013 #8
hedgehog May 2013 #13
City Lights May 2013 #15
JVS May 2013 #18
City Lights May 2013 #20
Fumesucker May 2013 #9
onehandle May 2013 #3
one_voice May 2013 #6
azurnoir May 2013 #7
Dash87 May 2013 #10
La Lioness Priyanka May 2013 #11
mikeysnot May 2013 #27
DevonRex May 2013 #12
dembotoz May 2013 #16
JVS May 2013 #17
Spider Jerusalem May 2013 #19
jberryhill May 2013 #21
LeftInTX May 2013 #30
jberryhill May 2013 #31
LeftInTX May 2013 #33
Initech May 2013 #23
zipplewrath May 2013 #24
logosoco May 2013 #25
bemildred May 2013 #26
4_TN_TITANS May 2013 #28
Earth_First May 2013 #32
LeftInTX May 2013 #29

Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:40 PM

1. Alcohol is far worse than pot

Kids in college die from binge drinking or binge drinking and then an accident because they did something stupid while drunk (including driving). I'm not aware of any college student deaths due to occasional marijuana use. Actually, I'm not aware of any college student deaths at all due to marijuana use.

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Response to dballance (Reply #1)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:42 PM

4. I agree.



Drinking is far worse than pot.

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Response to dballance (Reply #1)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:56 PM

14. pretty much

It was watching the college binge drinking that totally turned me off alcohol.

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Response to dballance (Reply #1)

Wed May 1, 2013, 01:28 PM

22. When I was at college

I remember being on IM with my bf and all of a sudden my neighbor comes in and begs to use my phone (one line per room and her roommate was on the phone).

The high school student doing the weekend visit had to be rushed to the ER with alcohol poisoning.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:41 PM

2. I'm kinda ok with all three

College kids drink. They smoke pot. Im not familiar with the adhd stuff.

Then they get to grow up.

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #2)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:43 PM

5. ADHD is generally treated with stimulants that are more or less

legal amphetamines. Students fake symptoms to get a script or else they buy someone else's pill to get a leg up over the competition when it comes to studying for an exam.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #5)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:53 PM

8. A friend of my daughter's buys Adderall from kids on campus.

He did this before the midterm and final last year. In both cases, he whined to the professor about being up all night studying, and the professor gave him an extra 90 minutes to complete the midterm and about 60 extra minutes to complete the final.

On edit - this kid also made a trip to the ER for alcohol poisoning and was ticketed by police.

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Response to City Lights (Reply #8)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:55 PM

13. For me, it's a toss-up between this and excess drinking -

but the use of drugs to get ahead in life strikes me as being something someone is manipulative and willing to cheat would do.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #13)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:57 PM

15. Yup, I agree.

In the case of illegal drug use, my daughter was really pissed about it. It was a clear violation of the honor code for both the professor and student.

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Response to City Lights (Reply #8)

Wed May 1, 2013, 01:10 PM

18. I can't believe the professor would give him extra time because he was up all night.

In my experience professors view the practice of studying all night with scorn and would do absolutely nothing to accommodate it.

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Response to JVS (Reply #18)

Wed May 1, 2013, 01:18 PM

20. She couldn't believe it either and was disgusted by it.

She gave him an earful on the class survey.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #5)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:53 PM

9. I knew someone back in the day who stayed up all night on speed studying

Took his exam and wondered why he turned it in well before anyone else.

When he got it back it had a low grade even though he had gotten every question he answered correct, he just forgot to turn the paper over for the other half of the exam.

Details are important.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:42 PM

3. My biggest worry would be if their school allowed students to carry guns.

Nope. Pick another school.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:46 PM

6. Binge drinking is..

definitely a problem. There have been alcohol related deaths (alcohol poisoning) during both my kids time at college.

Between parties and hazings...

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:50 PM

7. Drinking by far drinking

Kids and adults do things when drunk they would never ever in a million years do sober, risky, regrettable, stupid, and sometimes dangerous things , where as when smoking pot the most they might do that they wouldn't do sober is eat 3 Big Macs, seems a no brainer to me

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:54 PM

10. The middle bc that's prescription drug abuse.

Binge drinking comes second, because it's another dumb and dangerous thing to do.

Pot is not at all dangerous, so that would not worry me.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:54 PM

11. Meth & Heroine would really bother me

the rest are problematic but only in degrees

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Response to La Lioness Priyanka (Reply #11)

Wed May 1, 2013, 01:44 PM

27. I would throw blow on that list

also...

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:55 PM

12. Binge drinking combined with family history

of alcoholism is troubling. Kids do it. We all know that. But in a kid with the propensity life can change permanently before it even gets started.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:57 PM

16. drinking

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 01:04 PM

17. Using powerful stimulants to study.

Binge drinking is having 4 (for women) or 5 (for men) drinks in an evening, so it could be no big deal at all.

Using stimulants to worries me more because the behavior is so nakedly a dependence. They're depending on the drug to be capable of doing the work. This could easily lead to habituation and addiction. What is more, they will think they need this drug to perform academically, thus making it easy to justify continuing the behavior. Also, I think illegal use of prescription stimulants is a introductory course to using cocaine or meth.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 01:11 PM

19. "ADHD drugs" = amphetamines

I'd be about equally worried about a meth binge and binge drinking, honestly.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 01:28 PM

21. What is his/her current semester GPA

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #21)

Wed May 1, 2013, 05:54 PM

30. My son was 18, in high school and getting straight A's

And was huffing glue (he was grounded a lot, hence he resorted to glue). Docs refused to believe us until he tested positive for THC.

It is amazing that addicts can function so well.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #30)

Thu May 2, 2013, 08:27 AM

31. Addicts?

To what was your son addicted?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #31)

Thu May 2, 2013, 09:30 AM

33. At the time, it was the glue, to be precise it was Scotchguard.

Anyone who is into huffing will settle for just about any substance. If he had freedom and money it would have been whatever. I think with addicts, it is not always the exact substance, it is the behavior.

He went to rehab and became active in 12 steps. Although he wasn't much of a drinker, he gravitated to Alcoholics Anonymous because they provided the most support.

As parents, it was a scary time for us.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 01:31 PM

23. If they used pot I'd only be mad if they didn't offer me a hit first.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 01:36 PM

24. All about context

None of them "worry me" unless there is the presence of other factors. Binge drinking in college, absent other factors, is just one of many stupid things young people do. To a certain extent the same with pot. Abusing ADHD drugs has its risks, but if it is extremely isolated, so be it. Now, throw in various contexts such as family history, addictive personality, peer pressure, or general mental health issues and I can get worried about almost anything, including sleep deprivation, which is how I got through engineering school.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 01:38 PM

25. When my son headed to college a few years ago I stressed the "avoid alcohol" talk.

He has problems with low blood sugar and I know that can make it worse.
He has tried pot since he left home, and I am okay with that, because I know that won't kill him. I do worry about him getting busted with it because then it is good bye financial aid!

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 01:38 PM

26. Alcohol and speed, both can kill.

Pot tends to be self-limiting.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 03:15 PM

28. Binge drinking turned me into a life-long alky...

Right this moment, drying out again for the umpteenth time, but not sure I will ever be able to completely stop. I've told my girls to smoke all the pot they want, drop all the acid they want - anything but alcohol or meth (meth never did a thing for me, I'm just afraid it might latch onto them). Meanwhile, alcohol has cost me tens of thousands of dollars.

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Response to 4_TN_TITANS (Reply #28)

Thu May 2, 2013, 08:35 AM

32. Best of luck

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 05:50 PM

29. My son was huffing glue

Docs did nothing (they didn't believe the parents), until he tested positive for THC.

The THC test saved his life and got him in rehab.

Scarey time I tell you.

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