Health Topics

Alcohol & Other Drugs


Do you think movies with party scenes paint the true picture of all college students? Think again. Most students are smart when it comes to their choices about alcohol. The majority of USF first-year students do not drink at all and over a quarter of them have never drank alcohol.

Prescription Drugs

Most people take medications responsibly and as prescribed. When misused, abused, or taken by someone other than the patient for whom the medication was prescribed, these drugs can produce serious adverse health effects, including addiction and death.


Are you looking for information on how to access Narcan (Naloxone)? Please see the resources below.


In the news and on campus, there is discussion and debate about marijuana use. While marijuana may not be as addictive as tobacco and other drugs, some pot smokers develop a dependence that negatively impacts their lives. Over half of USF students have never used marijuana and over a quarter feel there is great risk of smoking marijuana regularly.


Hookahs are used to smoke specially-made flavored tobacco and that may appear enticing to you. It is typically a social activity and most people assume it is less risky than smoking cigarettes, but that is incorrect.


Quitting tobacco greatly increases your quality of life, saves money, and decreases your risk for health problems. For help on campus, visit Student Health & Wellness. To make an appointment, call 813-974-2331 or find their website in the links.

Other Illegal Drugs

There are many illegal drugs that students may encounter during their college years. From molly at night clubs, to cocaine and heroin, it is important to know what to look for, how to say no, and how to help your friends and yourself.

Medical Amnesty

USF has a medical amnesty policy which means USF will support your responsible action of calling for emergency medical assistance and, despite the unlawfulness of the situation (like underage drinking or illegal drug use), will not take disciplinary actions against you or the person for whom you sought medical attention.