What about other drugs?

Amphetamines and narcotics can be prescribed by doctors so many assume they are safe to take. However, using a medication other than as prescribed can lead to dangerous outcomes. When you use illegal drugs, such as MDMA, you know even less about what you are putting into your body. 

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Prescription stimulants, such as amphetamines like Adderall, are prescribed to help people with attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD). They have focusing effects on people with ADHD, but do not enhance learning or thinking abilities when taken by people who do not have ADHD. Repeated abuse can lead to addiction and feelings of hostility and paranoia.

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MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly, causes the release of serotonin, triggering feelings of energy and emotional closeness. However, the initial surge of serotonin also depletes the brain, causing negative (and sometimes long lasting) after effects - including confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, and anxiety. In high doses, MDMA can lead to a sharp increase in body temperature (hypothermia), resulting in liver, kidney, or cardiovascular system failure or even death.

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When taken as precribed, Opiods, such as OxyCOntin and Vicodin, can be used to manage pain effectively. When abused, opiods can be very damgerous, leading to potentially life threatening respiratory problems and physical dependence or addiction.

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Most people who abuse prescription drugs often get them from a friend or relative.

Remember:

  • Only take medications as directed

  • Keep prescriptions in a secure location

  • Do not share prescriptions with anyone, regardless of the reason

  • Never mix alcohol with other drugs

If you are having any difficulties or concerns, consider contacting the professionals at Student Counseling Services. For immediate help or safety concerns, call the UChicago Police at 773.702.8181. Click here to find more important phone numbers.