Alcohol & Drug Counseling, Assessment, & Prevention Services

Washington State University ADCAPS

National College Health Assessment (NCHA)

WSU, Spring 2012

 

MDMA Use at WSU

NCHA II Q8. Within the last 30 days, on how many days did you use:

NCHA II Q9. Within the last 30 days, how often do you think the typical student at your school used:

 

MDMA

(Ecstasy, Molly)

WSU 2012

Actual Use

 

WSU 2012

Perceived Use

National 2012 Actual Use

National 2012 Perceived Use

Never used

 

92.9%

34.4%

92.7

41.6%

Have used, but not in last   30 days

5.3%

23.2%

5.9

23.9%

Used in the last 30 days

1.8%

42.0%

1.2

33.6%

Used daily

 

0.0%

0.5%

0.0

0.9%

 

Summary:

Yes, some student at WSU party and use MDMA and other substances, just like at any other university. However, research over the past decade tells us that WSU does not have a bigger problem than other universities of a similar size and demographics. Every other year HWS at WSU implements the National College Health Assessment (NCHA), which is a confidential questionnaire about health and social behaviors. Most of our data matches the national statistics. Here are some data regarding WSU students and MDMA use.

 

  • WSU 2012 rates of Actual Use for MDMA generally match National 2012 rates of Actual Use across all categories.
  • The majority of WSU students have Never Used MDMA (92.9%).
  • Rates of Actual Use in 2012 at WSU are:  Used, but not in the last 30 days at 5.3% and Used in the last 30 days at 1.8%. 
  • Misperception of social norms regarding MDMA Actual Use: Participants at WSU and Nationally

 

  • Underestimate the number of their peers who have Never Used
  • Overestimate the number of their peers who Have used, but not in the last 30 days (4+ times the level of Actual Use, ~5% vs. ~23%)
  • Overestimate the number of their peers who Used in the last 30 days (1.8% vs. 42% WSU)

So … WSU students, like other university students, overestimate how much other WSU students are partying with MDMA and underestimate how many other students use MDMA. This creates a social norms misperception about WSU students using MDMA more than they actually do. Sometimes these social norms misperceptions can affect students as they think "everyone" uses MDMA and that they need to join in to have fun at a concert or to make friends, when this really isn't the case. On the other hand, partying and socializing is a part of university life and it is available and in the environment, if one is looking for it

 In sum, WSU students have many choices about how to spend social time at WSU. Also, there are many staff and faculty members here on campus to help if one has questions. Students are welcome to make an appointment at Counseling Services or to speak to a nurse or physician at Health and Wellness Services. Parents are encourage to explore all the social options and living groups as well as speak 1:1 with their student about what they want from a university experience Also, resident advisors/directors as well as other student affairs staff are available to help, support, and encourage.

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Marijuana

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Caffeine

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Cocaine

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Cocaine 

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Hallucinogens (Mushrooms)

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Heroin

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 Inhalants

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MDMA (Ecstasy) Homemade pills

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MDMA (Ecstasy) Capsules 

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Methamphetamine

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Nicotine

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Oxycontin tablets

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Oxycodone capsules 

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Steroids

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