University Freshers are Prime Targets for Drug Dealers

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New university students, having just finished spending the majority of their life studying and working hard to gain acceptance into the school of their choice, are met with many challenges throughout their university years. The most stressful times can come at the beginning where it is a prime focus to fit in, find your niche, decide who are your friends and who you are going to associate with and, most importantly to most, get good scores. The students are often met with an entirely new routine when entering university, depending on the circumstances and school, where they now have a different schedule, they are either living on campus or on their own, and need to also financially support themselves as well as study. This routine is far different to secondary school where most are still living under their parents roof, with their support.

Much like in the professional world, students are often keen on getting an edge on the competition, to be the best of their peers and excel greatly in their studies. This drive can be stressful and demanding with late nights, burning the midnight oil, with physical and mental duress. This is the situation that allows drug dealers to enter into the equation to “assist” students in getting that edge. Students leaving university for the day are often stressed, tired and usually heading to either their job or to study more. A drug dealer, offering said students marijuana to calm their nerves or street Adderall to wake them up. Desperate students are more susceptible to purchasing these when offered it at this point in their day.

An example of this is at the University of Manchester where in late 2017 it was reported that drug dealers were handing out business cards to university students on campus. Not only this but it was also reported they were handing out cannabis samples in order for students to test the product before purchasing. This has been done before but not with students actively reporting the dealers to officials, which is a good sign as drug awareness raises amongst students. However, dealers know that these students are more likely to purchase at this stage of their life with the immediate stresses of their studies and work load.

Parents, dropping their kids off to university for the first time will never say they want their child to be exposed to drug dealings and substance abuse. This marketing method utilised by dealers is clever yet dangerous for the dealers themselves as they are openly exposing themselves to many students, some smart enough to report them and get security or law enforcement authorities involved in stopping this criminal activity. Many students may decide that drug use is the right path to go down to get better at their studies and overall routine in life whilst in university. They do not realise that the habit of consistent drug use to stay “normal” may carry on into their professional, post-uni, careers and may lead to a personal and familial downfall.

If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addictions, contact Narconon UK today. Their holistic drug rehabilitation program has helped a significant amount of people around the world lead a better, drug free life. Contact them today.




Devin was born and raised in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana where drug and alcohol abuse was a normal occurrence in families especially after Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of families homeless with easy access to drugs and alcohol to “relieve their pain.“ He was introduced to drugs at a young age and has now been drug-free for over 6 years.