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College Drug Use

By far, alcohol, marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs, and tobacco are the most commonly used drugs among students at The University of Texas at Austin. UT students also report using other drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine (i.e., crystal, meth, ice, crank), sedatives, hallucinogens (i.e, LSD, PCP), opiates (i.e., heroin, smack), inhalants, other club drugs, and other illegal drugs but at low usage rates.

According to the 2010 National Collegiate Health Assessment conducted at The University of Texas at Austin, only 8% of students reported use for all other drugs combined within the last 30 days. Cocaine (1.1%), methamphetamine (0.3%), hallucinogens (1.2%), opiates (0.2%) and club drugs (1.1%) all fall far behind alcohol, marijuana, non-medical prescription drug, and tobacco use.

UT students' perception, however, is quite different.

There is a great divide between students' perception and the facts. When asked how much they believed the typical UT student used, they believed 75% of UT students used these other drugs within the last 30 days. For example, UT students believed that 35% of students used cocaine, when, in fact, only 1.1% of students reported using cocaine.

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