Education for drug safety

Staff Editorial

College is often depicted as one big party in movies and TV shows.

Drugs and alcohol are often glamorized — we’re rarely shown the passing out, blackouts or the overdoses.

But, substance use is not always a fun thing to take part in. When party drugs become more than just a carefree experience and take over the user’s life, they’re no longer a weekend indulgence.

Xanax and other prescription drugs are viewed as a safer substance by many students, since they are legally prescribed by doctors.

However, Xanax is considered to be one of the most addictive medications on the market, according to the American Addiction Centers.

Students who take this drug recreationally should know this, and a quick Google search can make all the difference when it comes to taking drugs safely.

Because of the drug’s legal standing, students may assume it does not come with the same risks as notorious, illegal street drugs like heroin or cocaine.

But these drugs can be just as dangerous, and if they are not taken in a safe or smart way they can have lasting negative effects beyond just the brief high.

We know that drugs are a part of college; they will always be here.

Instead of trying to fight the issue, we should enforce education. College is a time to experiment, and that’s okay. But being safe and smart is also important.

People ought to know what they’re taking and how it will affect them.

Rather than assuming you’re safe, it’s worth it to research the drugs you’re using.