Commonly-Abused Drugs in College

While anyone, regardless of age, can find themselves using drugs or alcohol in an unhealthy and unsafe way, there’s no denying that this is a very common trend to see among college-age adults. In fact, many substances are abused at a much higher rate by this age group than any other.

By being aware of some of the common drugs abused in college, you can be proactive in ensuring that you or your loved one can control their substance use.


From house parties and happy hours to cocktail events and social outings, alcohol is in no short supply at college. A common problem found with college-aged adults and alcohol is binge drinking, which the National Institute of Drug Abuse defines as the act of consuming five or more drinks in a row in a two-week time span.

However, while this has been an issue for some time, in 2018, for the first time, the percentage of those who binge drink fell below 30% among college-aged adults.


Although the act of smoking cigarettes has declined, the use of e-cigarettes and vapes has increased, especially among college students. In fact, the use of these products doubles among college students, jumping from 6.1% to 15.5%.


While the numbers of college versus non-college users of marijuana are essentially identical, the number itself is frighteningly high — a whopping 43% use the drug at least 20 times in a 30 day period.


It’s not completely uncommon to find college students taking Adderall in order to keep up with course loads. This is fine if a person is prescribed the drug and follows their doctor’s instructions with regard to taking it.

However, there is a big problem with prescription drugs like these since many students take more than the recommended dosage or get their hands on it and take it without having been prescribed it in the first place.

If you or someone you love struggles with using one of these substances, it is essential to seek professional treatment to ensure their health and well-being.

The young adult addiction rehab treatment program at Silvermist is built to combat the disproportionate number of young adults who have fallen into addiction and are at great risk. Contact us online or call (724) 268-4858 to learn more about Silvermist’s young adult rehab services in Pennsylvania.