Commonly Abused Drugs

In accordance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, USF strives to maintain a healthy and socially responsible campus environment for students, faculty, and staff.

The illegal possession, manufacture, distribution, use, sale, or gift of any prescription or non-prescription drug is prohibited. This includes being under the influence of any prescription drug or controlled substance except for the prescribed use of medication in accordance with the instructions of a licensed physician. The University's policies on substance abuse and alcoholic beverages are outlined in section 6.2 of The Fogcutter.

Drug Prevention Programming

USF provides drug prevention programming to students through Health Promotion Services, Student Housing and Residential Education, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Public Safety.

Services include:

  • Ongoing alcohol and other drugs screening and education
  • Confidential evaluations
  • Referrals to 12-step and other recovery groups
  • Counseling groups
  • In-service training
  • Outreach programs

Students who prefer community drug or alcohol counseling services, treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs are strongly encouraged to contact Emily Schermerhorn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, at


Get facts about the most commonly misused and abused drugs. You can also download the chart for commonly abused drugs.


Bath Salts (Synthetic Cathinones)

Club Drugs






MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly)


Prescription Drugs & Cold Medicines


Steroids (Anabolic)


Health Promotion Services

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University Center, Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94117

Hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm

Tel: (415) 422-5797
Fax: (888) 471-2290

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