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50 Druggiest Colleges

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When the news broke last Tuesday that five Columbia University students were arrested for selling drugs--including cocaine, ecstasy, and LSD--to undercover cops, the campus was stunned. Known as "Operation Ivy League," the sting revealed what students at...

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Alice C. (1797)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 4:12 am
I taught an independant study Energy Outreach program at Rutgers University and don't know how half of my students graduated ! lololol
They were so messed up half the time that they didn't even look to see if cars were coming as they crossed the street !
Two frat house burned down to the ground as well ! and yes, they were doing were many of the staff.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 6:38 am
Noted, thanks Jae.

Ramona Thompson (210)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 6:39 am
A silent flotilla of boats (whose captains may or may not know what has been loaded) with drugs cruise up and down the intercoastal waterway from Florida all the way to its end in the far north. This has gone on since the 1960's, if not earlier...

Terry King (113)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 7:30 am
Where was this list when I went to college?

Caitlin Mac Iver (104)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 8:09 am
I'm a little confursed by the sort-order of this list. Unless I missed a written account, I only saw the slide show of the listing. Each college was given a letter grade. I didn't see anything lower than C- nor highter than B. Are there any Fs out there or As? UNH was first, does that make it the heaviest use? the B,B-,C,C- designations were not in order. What does that mean to the number designation?

So I went to UNH, so I see trees instead of forests. What's it to ya? M-m-m-m, good snacks, Jae!

Dandelion G. (386)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 9:03 am
The youth needs to get their heads out of the clouds or where-ever their drug induced minds are and start being a productive part of this Country, and that doesn't mean just making themselves rich. They need to realize what is happening around them or this may be the last party they will have for the rest of their lives.

I'm at the other end of things, my years will be far fewer in this mess, but I fear for what my children will experience and my little granddaughter of age 3. I give her as much love as I muster in hopes that my love will shoulder her up for all she may face in her future. I am teaching her the ways of the ancestors who were the First Nations people in hopes that too will give her the strength she will need.

Decadence usually is prelavent before and during a major decline of any civilization in history. This is another warning sign.

Jeannette A. (137)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 9:41 am
Of the 3 colleges that I attended, drug use was there but really didn't get in the way of education for a lot of us (last time was 2002). In fact, there were actually some anit-drug movements but, as you can imagine, they were small and easily ignored. Wouldn't it be easier for students to be given the tools to understand and deal with drug use (the earlier the better)? You see it in the work place and have to manage to function around it there as well. It is part of our culture, for better or worse, along with alcohol and texting, and the sooner students realize how to manage the problems in life, the better.

pam M. (98)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 11:01 am
The elite need to pull their collective heads out of their arses. Drug slinging is not just confined to the poor or slums of our nation, it's their well heeled youth who can afford to buy in mass. So much for "higher" learning. LOL

Dotti Lydon (88)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 11:33 am
Noted with interest. Terry, you crack me up.

Mac R. (289)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 2:04 pm
Well said, Jeannette!!!!! That is exactly what I was thinking.

SuS NoMail Plez P. (244)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 2:20 pm
TY Jae. I admit I was so stoned through the couple of years {before I dropped out of school} that I am so ashamed and paying for it now. To be honest I didn't know one person in 1973 who wasn't stoned out of their minds. I was always told I was a leader...I fell short as I was a follower.

I regret it to this day, it has only been within this year that I have "sort of" forgiven myself. This is one of the reasons I LOVE READING SO MANY POSTS... I am sober and in school.

Michael Carney (218)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 7:38 pm
Noted, when I was in School, just about everyone, used some type of drug, or alcohol...

Jae A. (320)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 10:13 pm
Times have changed that's for sure. The fad of my time was just booze. Lucky to get your hands of a couple six packs of beer or a bottle or two of wine/hard liquor. State law back then for legal drinking was 21 in my state so you were in your third or forth year at a college before you could legally buy alcohol and hang out at clubs that served it nearly every night of the week. J

Seeing how these young adults party I guess I'd have to say that I was just born too soon :-) ...I do know that cannabis would have come in very handy back then. Had a sleeping disorder then, as now. Lack of sleep doesn't go well with classes nor did hangovers back then in order to get some sleep. Would be a lot less serious and or fatal car wrecks if we could have had cannabis instead of alcohol back then.

Anyway...the recreational drug/alcohol user today seems to be just 'the norm' on campuses. As with cannabis, even recreational users of alcohol/chemical drugs, there are those who can handle them responsibily that are of the college age range.The long term big problem is that alcohol,being that it is the gateway drug...and the one that the majority of youth don't seem to get too far past... in that age range, is that there are too many who become alcoholics before they get their degrees.

A new world and new issues to deal with on campuses today that's for sure. College has always been about more than 'studies''s the age of experimentation with adult life in general.

Jae A. (320)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 10:29 pm
When I said ''cannabis would have come in handy back then'..for me at least...but the fact was that on some campuses it was perhaps beginning to be known and used but the Texas campuses were not in step with the 'peace movement'..even as it started to peek by the late 60's. Long after my college years...which were too few, but that's a whole other story :-) . Hard core drinking was the drug of choice... King of the partiers for most of the early sixites, and probably still is today at most all of them nation wide.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 11:29 pm
Well aren't we the lucky ones - growing up ignorant of any of these drugs.....and better off for it. We knew our place in the scheme of things then. Not so for young people these days, too much dependency on drugs and alcohol to get them through each day. Even the doctors where we used to live a few years back were dependent on 'Mary Jane' and other drugs. Imagine being operated on by a surgeon high on these sorts of did happen and with dire consequences. Let us get back to responsible and order.

Sharon Karson (82)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 11:49 pm
Caitlin as defied in the written part and A rating means no visible drug culture and no pressure to use. it goes downhill from there.

Dandelion, drug use these is a sign of despair. Our youth see their world going to hades in a handbasket, and see no way to make it better or to make a decent life for themselves in the current cultural/political climate. Our youth need something to believe in so that drugs are not such an attractive escape. Until we change our culture's priorities to value people more than the almighty dollar the drug problem will remain insurmountable. I was a young adult in the 60's and I tried everything out there except LSD (I've always dreamed I could fly & I could all to easily see me taking a header off a 10 story building.) I was fortunate in that I never found a drug that could do anything for me that I couldn't do with the power of my own mind far more safely and far less expensively.

Jeanette, I think that you're on the right track. With hope for the future and good coping skills our youth may try drugs but will eventually decide that they can use the power of their own minds to much better effect.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 12:04 am
We agree with much you say Sharon but first and foremost - the young people of today need love - and discipline is love - administered in the right way. Responsibility and respect for others must start in the home.

Rose Becke (287)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 12:27 am
I agree with Patrica and edw

Jae A. (320)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 2:37 am
Sharon, I believe that drug use on campuses can also be the sign of new found 'adult freedom of choice'..This generation of college age youth have parents that have attitue/mood adjustment Pharma-meds beyond what the generation before them did..and those parents before them did. As for this generation look at their grand parents who too many of their kitchen cabinets,medicine cabinets and night stands look like they are about to open their own pharmacies. The example was set long before their 'college' days of stress began..If they or you want to be energectic and party then.. take a pharma-med upper'..If they or you want to focus and be serious and or to just chill..take a relaxer pill or if really stressed..a 'heavy downer pharma-med pill'. Most of the kids today know which ones each of those are as there are commercials on every TV station telling us all what to ask for when shopping for pharma-meds to change our moods/attitudes etc.

Todays youth are no different than when I was their ages. Future was just as unknown as those today, as was the stress of studies and ..above all..ones social life that comes with new found adult choices. "Back then" as with now..young adults are under the state of mind, though many are riddled with insecurities, of being invincible in their over all thinking. The more 'spoiled' the young adult the more he might worry about tomorrow due to their number one concern in general are themselves so they do pay more attention to where the bucks come from if nothing else.. but the others really do believe that the future for them will be better regardles of what's being said around them by their family,the media etc...but if not... they believe as we did.. just change it so that it is.

I think that if one sits in their dorm drinking and doing other drugs alone much of the time..then those probably are excaping form their own depressing realities in their using and or abusing of them. Those who are socially 'using', be it alcohol or another drug ,for the sake of 'being sociable' adults... I think are probably in the majority as to their 'reasons'. For many it's really nothing more than their new found freedom of choice as to just how they want to...'party'. Prohibition did not slow down college age drinking much if at all, just as it was unsuccessful with those older than them. Whatever is the 'party drug of choice ' of the era , that's what will be found on campuses.

To lock all college age youth into that.. 'if they use a substance 'to party' as well as to focus sometimes..then they are messed up/depressed and or just not stong enough to handle life in general;well that 'to me' is.. just off the mark as to 'reasons' they are doing what they are today on campuses. The others..negatives as to their use.. are excuses, as many of the parents prefer the reasons be. After all those excuses are what the generations after those years,their parents/grand parents are using as being their reasons/excuses for many of their 'phara-med habits, than those excuses are for the majority of college age youth.. as to their 'reasons'...the number one being as to that's just how they 'party'.

It all comes at a time when they,just as we all had to do,make their own choices..even if some weren't/aren't the 'wisest' perhaps.. especially when it came or comes to how 'to party' during those college years.

Anywho...tiz all just my opinion. No certificates or polls taken to back up any of it that I can produce at this time. All my thoughts are based on my own personal life experiences and those I've learned from the generations before mine, as well as those of my friends over these many years.

The big difference between a recreational user and an abuser...well I think that's rather obvious to most, as most everyone can relate to the difference between the occasional/recreational 'drinker' and the 'alcoholic.
I believe that a wise thing ,in all things, for all ages...especially when experiencing a choice that's before us for the first time.If you use..that doesn't mean you must abuse. Play safe and party smart.

It all really has a lot to do with the advice that patrica and edw shared ,as those factors are what can help shape their lives on campus for the first time as 'young Adults'.

Jae A. (320)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 3:09 am
I should have said ''Many that are 'spoiled'" there are those who of course who aren't spoiled also that do pay attentiion to government and world concerns. Both of those groups are probably in a minority though..??

Dandelion G. (386)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 6:12 am
Sharon I more than agree that this Country is not showing the youth much in the line of a future for many. I know that many of the better off students have parents who pay little attention to them, my Aunt is a Nanny so I see how little attention the children get from their parents who would rather be at their cocktail parties or flying off to some event. My Aunt spends more time with these children than the parents do and she is also in contact with other well to do families who are also missing in action parents. They throw all the material items at them but that is a poor replacement for being in their lives.

On the flip side, the parents that must now work two or three jobs, both parents also in jobs, just to keep up on the bills as none of their jobs make enough to do it on one income. So those parents are hardly in the lives of the children as they are growing up. These youth have had little positive guidance and we can not let the TV raise them or others raise them such as teachers and nanny's. The parent needs to be there and in a fairly consistent way, and this is not happening far too often.

That being said, there comes a time, when we are old enough to start looking around and bringing forth better ways. College should be one of those times, and as they say, when the going gets tough the tough get going. There needs to be better mentoring programs on the college campus to offer alternative ideas for off time than drinking oneself into a near coma. If there was ever a time in this Country that we do not have time for this it is now.

We have other Countries around the world that value an education and to obtain one is almost a miracle, so they do not waste that precious education on foolish ways. We also have other Countries that may offer the education to bright and gifted students, but would also not tolerate that behavior while they attended school.

So while I can understand why some students feel despair, they need to, now that they are in the adult world to start aiming for higher places. One may not have control over how they were raised in life, but there comes a point when one has to say, I am now in the drivers seat. If the picture of what is going on in the world or Country is not what you like, then now is the time with youth and the energy that comes with it to do something to move it into the direction of betterment.

I'm not talking about the ones who have a joint now and again, I'm talking about the ones who party hardy til they drop. That are on the hard core drugs and drinking constantly. I don't want them getting an education in half a state of mind. When I want their expertise for whatever they acquired their degree in, I don't want them to give me the wrong advice, or treat my illness incorrectly, because they were sick from too much party time that day and didn't understand the assignment.

I do not believe that getting so out of touch with reality has to be a cornerstone to becoming an adult in this society. One of these generations has to stand up and say, "the buck stops here" and use their time wisely to better themselves and the communities around them. Think of all that could be gained and done if they did focus their attention on the betterment of their surroundings rather than spending hours drinking, drugging, and throwing up in the toilet bowl.

Jae A. (320)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 2:53 pm
There is no perfect world of course and all of the above comments express that and all have some sound reasoning behind their opinion..together they all do point to that 'not a perect world..with many thoughts as to how this topic can be changed/helped within the comments. It's not a perfect world and currently it is getting worse almost daily. Starting with the life prior to college is without a doubt where the mindset for those about to enter college takes place. The parents role in that are what is important as patricia and edw pointed out. There is where the problem lies with too many in college Dandelion points out. So many kids have not had that 'parental' hand in their childrens life by the time they are to go off to college and into the adult world of making their own choice. The question for me now is how to help more than the norm to think about our 'currently' world crisis and how they should be paying more attention to the effects of what they are doing , as to drugs and their party time, than those of years past have. Campus awareness programs,aside from the usual political party groups, of some type maybe ? Those who's parents haven't set the stage for them properly are the ones that need the extra helping hand obviously but how do others go about that when that parent factor wasn't and likely that isn't to change for those? That has never been an easy path to find even before the way not perfect world of today.

Kathy Chadwell (362)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 3:34 pm
15. Indiana University

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.75
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 27.31
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.39
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 198
Student population: 42,347

Go get em IU:)
For several years these guys were on the top party list.
Purdue has their own police force and work very hard to keep things hushed up, especially rape:(
Wasn't too much they could do that year that one chinese woman murdered her hubby and cut off his hands. They found him in the trunk of their car. Never did figure that one out

Rose Becke (287)
Friday December 17, 2010, 12:27 am
Do they end up with degrees

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday December 17, 2010, 1:17 am
Yes Rose - many degrees of separation.......

Bruce Eyster (62)
Friday December 17, 2010, 1:28 am
Wqjwheh J. : Was that a commercial break ?

As for those campus years and the use of various substances ;even in those formative years , people are individuals and you never know what will motivate or work for them .
Today , however , there is a big change in attitude about many of the things that were considered taboo and are more acceptable , accessable and more common than tobacco .
I think if those polls and numbers were more acurate , the numbers would be much larger .

Dandelion G. (386)
Friday December 17, 2010, 10:02 am
I have two twenty somethings in my life for children.....believe me, we are an open enough family that they feel they can talk to me, one was in college, the other is in the military. Excessive drinking is very common place and I agree with Bruce, those numbers are higher and we have lived in various States so seems to be common in this Country. Thankful my own grown children have chosen to not join the crowd and stick with a occasional glass of wine here or there.

Nancy Anderson (21)
Friday December 17, 2010, 6:08 pm
Interesting . . . my alma mater is on that list.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Wednesday December 22, 2010, 1:03 am
There is nothing new under the Sun Ecc. Noted Jae :-)
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