Marijuana and Other Drugs
Drug Use Online Screening
ULifeline offers students a mental health screening tool, information about mental health issues geared towards you, and resources for learning more and getting help. Screening options include alcohol and drugs, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, suicide, stress, cutting and more. Be proactive about your mental health!
- According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the short-term effects of marijuana include problems with memory and learning, distorted perception, difficulty in thinking and problem-solving, and loss of coordination. Among youth, heavy cannabis use is associated with cognitive problems and increased risk of mental illness.
To learn more, visit: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana
- Stimulants make people more alert, increase their attention, and raise their blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. Stimulants come in a variety of forms, including amphetamines, cocaine, and methamphetamines. Prescription medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are also often stimulants. Improper use of stimulants (other than when used as prescribed by a doctor) can lead to hostility, paranoia, and even psychotic symptoms. Improper stimulant use can also result in unsafely elevated body temperature, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and seizures.
To learn more, visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/atod/stimulants
- Hallucinogens are illegal drugs that distort a person’s perception of reality. They occur in chemical form (for example, LSD and MDMA, a synthetic drug better known by its street name Ecstasy or Molly) as well as in nature (psilocybin mushrooms and peyote). These drugs can produce visual and auditory hallucinations, feelings of detachment from one’s environment and oneself, and distortions in time and perception. Rare but serious health effects include heart failure (MDMA) and flashbacks (LSD).
- To learn more, visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/atod/hallucinogens
- Opioids are a class of drugs chemically similar to alkaloids found in opium poppies. Historically they have been used as painkillers, but they also have great potential for misuse. Repeated use of opioids greatly increases the risk of developing an opioid use disorder. The use of illegal opiate drugs such as heroin and the misuse of legally available pain relievers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone can have serious negative health effects. According to the CDC, 44 people die every day in the United States from overdose of prescription painkillers.
- To learn more, visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/atod/opioids
Other Alcohol, Drug, Tobacco/Smoking and Related Policies at ISU
Alcohol, Drugs, and Other Intoxicants – http://www.policy.iastate.edu/policy/drugs
Smoke-Free Campus – http://www.policy.iastate.edu/policy/smoking
Drug Free Workplace – http://www.policy.iastate.edu/policy/drugfree
Student Disciplinary Regulations (Code of Conduct) – http://www.policy.iastate.edu/policy/SDR
State of Iowa Law
To learn more information about Iowa’s Alcohol and other Drug Laws, visit: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/.
In the “Iowa Code Quick Search” field, type in “124” for Controlled Substances, or “123” for Alcohol laws, and then click “Go” for complete listings.