Sac State Statistics:
Most Sac State students (85%) choose not to use marijuana (Sacramento State Core Survey 2006)
Source: Sacramento State Core Survey (2002, 2005 & 2006)
The body of knowledge surrounding drug use and abuse is rapidly growing. Our website provides information specific to marijuana and predatory drugs. However, in order to gain the most up to date information, we recommend visiting the following websites for information on specific drugs.
Myth: Combining drugs is not harmful.
Overdose and death can occur as a result of combining drugs! Examples include: mixing certain prescription drugs together or combining illegal drugs with alcohol. Because of these risks, treatment centers are recommended for recovery assistance.
Myth: Addicts cannot recover.
Many people successfully overcome their addictions at drug treatment facilities. Though this is not the case with everyone, a proper drug rehab program and abstinence from drugs make a successful comeback possible.
Myth: Other than alcohol, driving is not affected by the influence of drugs.
Many drugs impair coordination, weaken muscles, affect attention span and judgment, as well as blur your vision and distort the area around you. These are particularly dangerous when you’re driving! Also statistics state that a driver with an alcohol concentration above 0.05 faces the same risks as someone under the influence of cannabis or an amphetamine based substance.
Myth: If you get drunk, coffee will sober you up.
Fact Once alcohol is in the bloodstream only time will make a person sober. And, contrary to popular belief, a cold shower will not work either!
Myth: Cocaine is only addictive if you inject it.
Fact Cocaine is quickly addictive any way it is used - smoking, snorting or injecting.
Myth: Snuff and chewing tobacco are safe because there's no smoke.
Fact Smokeless tobacco can cause mouth and throat cancer, high blood pressure and dental problems. It can also lessen the senses of taste and smell and cause bad breath.
Myth: Hookah is not that bad for me and is much better than cigarettes.
Smoking a waterpipe, or hookah, exposes the user to many dangerous toxins known to cause lung cancer, heart disease, and other dangerous diseases. In one hookah session that typically lasts about twenty minutes to an hour, the smoker inhales about 100 times as much smoke as one would smoking a single cigarette.
Myth: You can't get addicted to marijuana.
FACT: People can get hooked on pot! Research shows that marijuana use can lead to addiction. Each year, more kids enter treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than for all other illegal drugs combined.
Myth: Methamphetamine causes holes in the brain.
FACT: It is true that methamphetamine changes the way the brain functions. However, functional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans showing brain activity depict areas of low or no activity as “holes.” These scans depict functional changes, not the actual structure of the brain. In other words, the apparent “holes” in the image indicate areas in the brain that are inactive, not holes in the structure of the brain.
Myth: Using drugs cannot kill brain cells.
Fact: Binge drinking, consuming 4-5 drinks in a two hour period, and ecstasy are proven to kill brain cells. Heavy consumption of alcohol can lead to neurodegeneration, death of brain cells and reduced brain tissue mass, and subsequent damaging effects such as a lack of impulse control and difficulty in setting goals.
Research in animals links MDMA (ecstasy) exposure to long-term damage to neurons that are involved in mood, thinking, and judgment. A study in nonhuman primates showed that exposure to MDMA for only 4 days caused damage to serotonin nerve terminals that was evident 6 to 7 years later. While similar neurotoxicity has not been definitively shown in humans, the wealth of animal research indicating MDMA’s damaging properties suggests that MDMA is not a safe drug for human consumption.
Myth: Using prescription drugs is always healthy.
Fact: Pharmaceuticals taken without a prescription or a doctor's supervision can be just as dangerous as taking illicit drugs or alcohol. Every drug, prescription or not, has an effect on the body.