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College Drug Trends Declining

November 10, 2005 – Posted at 6:14 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention reports that in 2001, nearly 36% of college students admitted to using marijuana.

Drug use on college campuses has become more common and for some students, more acceptable. It may not be a new trend, but the accessibility may be getting easier for students.

Marijuana is available for about $10 a bag, and for most college students, it's a cost effective alternative.

“I think marijuana will probably be the most common among campuses, because it seems to be the easiest access,” said ASU Senior Kenneth Seyler.

“Pot and marijuana are about on some people's level the same thing as drinking a beer. I have seen that, people say I’m not really on drugs, I just smoke marijuana,” said Alumni Frank Hendrix.

But university police believe ASU’s drug trends are on the decline.

“We have very few complaints about drug activity. Occasionally we will get a call to a smell or something. Marijuana smoke, but most of the time we get there and it's either gone or they are gone,” said University Police Chief Jim Chapman.

And the decrease in drugs on campus could because of the student population.

“We have a large non traditional student population here which includes people with families and such. Whether or not it has an effect on not using the stronger harder drugs, I don't know,” said Chief Chapman.

“Since I have been here I've seen just about everything, but that doesn't mean that everyone is using it. You just have a few individuals, and that's their choice,” said student Travis Roberson.

While drugs may be a common problem nationwide on college campuses, most students say it's not a problem here.

The ASU counseling center featured a special agent from the drug enforcement agency as a speaker on campus Thursday night.

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