Recreational use of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medication and psychoactive substances make college students susceptible to increased risk of illicit drug use and mental distress. An anonymous cross-sectional online survey was administered through Google forms to students across different college campuses. The survey consisted of self-reported questions on demographics, drug usage, and mental distress. Pearson Correlation Coefficient was used to analyze data in SPSS version 25.0. There is a statistically significant positive correlation between very frequent usage (above 40 times annually) of cannabis, cocaine, and MDMA with feeling incompetent and worthless (p < 0.05). There is a statistically significant positive correlation between infrequent (approximately 1-2 times annually) MDMA use to specific mental distress experiences (p < 0.05). Results suggest those who abuse psychoactive substances may be inclined to use other psychoactive substances, which could be linked to an increase in mental distress.
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Boventre, Samantha; Polis, Jenna; Kvirikashvili, Rusudan; and Scorr, Nicole, "Associations Between Cannabis, Cocaine, MDMA “Ecstasy”, and Mental Distress" (2023). Research Days Posters 2023. 12.