7 Deadly Sins Students Do Each Day!

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Most students attend college to build a successful life and would not knowingly participate in activities that could damage their chances of achieving that life.

However, there are seven activities (I call them The 7 Deadly Sins) that students on college campuses across the country participate in each and every day that can get them kicked out of school, admitted to an emergency room, locked up in jail, or hauled off to the morgue.

Many of these students have no clue about the consequences of participating in The 7 Deadly Sins and they unintentionally begin to lay a foundation for an infinitely more difficult path to success.  Taking part in one of these activities is not only illegal, but also is dangerous.

What are the 7 Deadly Sins?

1.  Sharing your prescription medication with someone else.  Example:  Sharing your Ritalin or Adderall with a roommate or best friend to help them study.

2.  Selling your prescription medication to someone else.  Example:  You need a little extra cash, so you decide to sell a few of your own Lortab that you never used when you got your wisdom teeth removed.

3.  Using someone else’s prescription medication.  Example:  You use some of your friend’s Adderall to help cram for an exam.

4.  Buying someone else’s prescription medication.  Example:  You buy some Xanax from someone on campus because you are stressed about final exams.

5.  Borrowing someone else’s prescription medication.  Example:  You are out of your Ritalin and your doctor won’t give you a new prescription until you see him in the office, so you borrow one from your roommate with the expectation that you will pay them back later.

6.  Stealing someone else’s prescription medication.  Example:  You steal oxycodone from the bathroom cabinet in a stranger’s house during a party you were invited to attend with some friends.

7.  Misusing any prescription and/or over-the-counter medication.  Example:  You take Norco, Xanax, or virtually any controlled substance and drink alcohol.  That is a complete and total misuse of medication and can be lethal.  Likewise, if you mix acetaminophen — the main ingredient in Tylenol — with alcohol, you could destroy your liver.

Obviously, the examples are not comprehensive and the number of examples one could think up could be endless.

When students choose to share or sell their own prescription medication, or when they use, buy, borrow, or steal someone else’s prescription medication, or if they misuse or abuse any prescription or over-the-counter medication it is not a matter of if, but rather when they will end up getting kicked out of school, admitted to an emergency room, locked up in jail, or hauled off to the morgue.  Not if, but when.

How can all of this be prevented on your campus?  It may never be possible to prevent every instance, but education is the key to reducing the number of instances and decreasing your campus’ risk of a tragic event.  In my college talk, Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™, I discuss how the bottles we choose — whether it is a bottle of medication, alcohol, or energy drink — all have consequences.  The better our choices, the better our chances for success.

Giving students the information they need to make more informed choices before a sticky situation arises on campus not only saves lives, but also builds brighter, more successful futures.  It’s a win – win for everyone!

To Your Success -

Chad Simpson, RPh
The Pharmacist Guy™

The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.

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