Wellness Resource Center
Wellness Resource Center

Drugs


Marijuana

The Facts

THC: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol… Scientists have learned a great deal about how THC acts in the brain to produce its many effects. When someone smokes marijuana, THC rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, which carries the chemical to the brain and other organs throughout the body.

THC acts upon specific sites in the brain, called cannabinoid receptors, kicking off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the "high" that users experience when they smoke marijuana. Some brain areas have many cannabinoid receptors; others have few or none. The highest density of cannabinoid receptors are found in parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thoughts, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.
NIDA InfoFacts:marijuana. (2009, June). Retrieved from http://drugabuse.gov/infofacts/marijuana.html#anchor

Impaired Driving

Marijuana affects many skills required for safe driving: alertness, concentration, coordination, and reaction time. Marijuana use can make it difficult to judge distances and react to signals and sounds on the road.

Marijuana may play a role in car accidents. In one study conducted in Memphis, TN, researchers found that, of 150 reckless drivers who were tested for drugs at the arrest scene, 33 percent tested positive for marijuana, and 12 percent tested positive for both marijuana and cocaine. Data has also shown that while smoking marijuana, people show the same lack of coordination on standard "drunk driver" tests as do people who have had too much to drink. National Institute on Drug Abuse(2008). Marijuana: facts for teens.
Retrieved from http://www.nida.nih.gov/MarijBroch/Marijteens.html

Addiction

Long-term marijuana use leads to addiction in some people. That is, they cannot control their urges to seek out and use marijuana, even though it negatively affects their family relationships, school performance, and recreational activities. According to one study, marijuana use by those who have prior antisocial problems can quickly lead to addiction. In addition, some frequent, heavy marijuana users develop "tolerance" to its effects. This means they need larger and larger amounts of marijuana to get the same desired effects as they used to get from smaller amounts. National Institute on Drug Abuse(2008). Marijuana: facts for teens.
Retrieved from http://www.nida.nih.gov/MarijBroch/Marijteens.html

How to help a friend

We can help! The Wellness Resource Center has options for someone who is struggling with marijuana use. Encourage your friends to visit e-Toke or call 573-882-4634 for more information.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Study Drugs... The 411

Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Dexadrine are all classified as STIMULANTS and are being used on college campuses to increase energy, alertness, mood and well being.

These study drugs come with their own set of risks if they are taken without the advice of a doctor and prescription: irregular heartbeat, high body temperatures, cardiovascular failure, seizures, hostility, paranoia, DEATH.

So what? Here's what! The consequences in the state of Missouri for being caught with non-prescribed pharmaceuticals…

Possession or control of a controlled substance penalty. 195.202 1. Except as authorized by sections 195.005 to 195.425 it is unlawful for any person to possess or have under his control a controlled substance. User of controlled substance to keep it in container in which obtained. 195.110 A person whom or for whose use any controlled substance in Schedule II has been prescribed, sold or dispensed by a physician, dentist, podiatrist or pharmacist, or other person authorized under the provision s of section 195.050 and the owner of any animal for which any such drug has been prescribed, sold, or dispensed, by a veterinarian, may lawfully possess it only in the container in which it was delivered to him by the person selling or dispensing the same.
Information from Columbia Police Department, November 2009

If you need more info on study tips, time management or campus resources for making the Chancellor's List without abusing prescription meds, call 573-882-4634 and make an appointment with us today.

5 Things You Should Know About Prescription Drugs


1. When you take medications that have been prescribed for someone else, the result can be serious adverse health effects, including addiction. (NIDA InfoFacts: Prescription and Over-the-Counter-Medications).

2. The 4 commonly abused pharmaceutical drugs are:

  1. Opioids: medications used to relieve pain
  2. Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants: used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders
  3. Stimulants: increase attention, alertness and/or energy
  4. Dextromethorphan (DXM): cough syrup and cold medications

3. Risks: high body temperature, high blood pressure, feelings of paranoia, irregular heart rate and difficulty breathing, addiction and even death. Possession of a controlled substance, such as a medication without a prescription, can lead to serious legal ramifications whether you are giving others your medication or you possess medication without a prescription.

4. 9 out of 10 MU Students DO NOT abuse prescription medications (MCHBS 2010). If you need tips on how to relieve stress, develop time management and study skills, call us at 573-882-4634 and we will assist you in coming up with strategies to help YOU succeed!

5. Concerned about keeping your prescriptions to yourself? Keep all prescribed medications in their original bottle. Keep medications locked when you are away from your room. Count your pills and track how many are remaining until your prescription expires or needs renewed. If your prescriptions are lost or stolen, report it immediately to MU Campus Police or Columbia Police.