This piece was published in the December 2015 issue of the Prep News and is two part piece on LSD and Xanax, co-written by Sam Keefe and Noah Boucher
According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, 4.5 million users aged 18 to 25 claimed they have used LSD at least once in their life. We sat down with an anonymous student who claims to use phsychedelics, and here’s what he had to say.
Q: When did you begin using substances?
Freshman year. I remember it being cold.
Q: Who got you into it?
Friends that were older. Upperclassmen.
Q: Do you still keep in contact with them?
No. They’re all in college. I don’t even know where half of them are.
Q: Describe your first experience with drugs.
I think for everyone who does drugs, the first thing they try is pot. You don’t get high your first time. That would be my technical first time, but my real first time was actually in the Rockhurst parking lot with one of the seniors. It was freshman year. I don’t know, it’s something that you’ve never really felt before. We were looking at the clouds and seeing stuff. We were talking about patterns that people go through in their lives. Stuff like that.
Q: Can you describe your first experience with LSD?
The first time I tripped acid, I didn’t really like it honestly. It was super weird, something I’ve never experienced before. My depth perception changed—my whole thought process. I laid down in my living room one time when I was tripping, and I looked across the room and it looked honestly, like the size of the Pesci Atrium. Like it was just huge and ridiculous. I thought [my friend] died, but he was just asleep. I thought there was a lion, and I almost went upstairs and told my parents I was freaking out because I thought I was going to die. There was a noise I kept hearing. I don’t remember what it was like, but it was just always there. I was super paranoid and stressed out. I kept thinking the person who was watching me was gonna die. We’d watch a scary movie. We’d watch like Sinister or something right before, so I kept thinking I was seeing the guy from Sinister.
Q: Where’d you get it from?
Q: Any noticeable experiences on LSD?
It was at blue and white, sophomore year, and it was a horrible decision. I was on the dance floor and I kept looking at one side of the dance floor and saying to myself, ‘You don’t want to be there, you will die if you’re there.’ The fact that you couldn’t leave just added to the mental stress I was having—that I was going to get caught. Then, once we were ready to leave, I ran out into the parking lot and was running around, and then I kept thinking I was seeing Mr. Duschen walking around—but I wasn’t. It was just a very stressful and eventful night.
Q:Have you experienced any disciplinary action due to drug testing?
I stopped sophomore year for the drug test… at first. But then, I got tested, and I started smoking. I just kept going and I haven’t gotten tested.
Q: Have you experienced any problems with parents?
It definitely strains your parents and your relationships when you do it. They know pretty much everything I’ve done. They find out—they’re parents. They just kind of talk to me about it. They try to get me not to do it but their whole stance is ‘You’re going to do your own thing no matter what we say.’
Q: How often do you take LSD?
Nobody drops LSD often. It’s kind of a mentally stressful thing to do.
Q: How often do you use now?
Now, I only do harder drugs at concerts.
Q: Do you have any regrets?
Looking back on it, you wish you would’ve stayed straight edge. It’s just the better route, I would say. I think a lot of people that do drugs would tell you the same thing. Money, friends, police… there’s so many downsides. The only plus is being high. That’s my opinion. In hindsight, of course I wish I would’ve not done drugs.
Q: Are you going to continue using in the future?
Most commonly distributed as an anti-anxiety medication, Xanax is one of the fastest-rising drugs among teens in the US due to its availablility. In an effort to explore the effects, we sat down with an anonymous student who claimed to use pain killers. Here’s what he had to say.
Q: What do you usually use?
I would probably say that I usually use Xanax and/or Oxy or Hydros the most. I’ve occassionaly used other things too, though, but those are the most frequent things I choose to do.
Q: When did you begin using?
I started trying other drugs after freshman year. It was during the experimental phases where people were trying new things that might not show up on the drug tests. The first time I ever took Xanax or any type of benzos was the beginning of junior year when I landed some for free from my friend. I took some but really didn’t feel anything. But that was because I wouldn’t drink and didn’t have the name brand, which really does make a difference. The first time I tried Oxy is when I found a ton in my medicine cabinet, and took it, knowing that it was like the morphine that I had been on for an injury where I was in the hospital.
Q: Why did you begin using?
I just saw other people doing it and assumed it’s just something you try. So far it’s been something that I’ve tried and have grown to enjoy.
Q: Did someone influence/inspire you?
With Xanax, I heard it was really fun. So me and a friend of mine took it one night and hit up some bars. Scary part is that I don’t even remember how I got home.
Q: Social aspect?
Oh man. None of these drugs are good in a social scene. At times it can be a bonding experience when taking it with others. But when it comes to Xanax, get ready to come up with some excuses for the morning. You won’t remember the night before. That night you’re gonna think you feel absolutely awesome, but without a little Redbull, you’re more likely to be walking around the party like a zombie.
Q: How often do you use?
I’ll use whenever I have them but all in different circumstances. I’ll especially use Xanax whenever I have it. It can be fun if you’re okay with blacking out, but you can go too far too quick and not realize what’s going on. With Oxy, I actually had a mild addiction this past summer when I came across a lot of it. Eighty pills of codeine and Oxy/APAP, which led me to being in a non-stop haze until I went on vacation and couldn’t take anymore, which thankfully kicked the addiction. But I’ll admit, even when I got my wisdom teeth out, I exaggerated the pain in order to get more and stronger pain killers.
Q: What was your first experience like?
The first time I took Xanax was on a Thursday night. I had started drinking pretty much right after school—something I had never done—and I was offered some for free, and I took it. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you what happened the rest of the night. All I know is that I hated myself that next day.
Q: How do you feel about being a user of this drug?
Overall, I’m not ashamed, at all. It’s not something I announce when I’m around people. It’s kinda taboo to girls or people who aren’t open-minded, and they obviously have an opinion about these things. But for me, they aren’t synonymous. Because I’m not a sketchball, I think of myself as being more open to experiencing new things.
Q: Have you experienced any downsides?
When you take Xanax, you will most certainly forget the night before. As for Oxy, you can develop an addiction pretty quickly, which is dangerous. And if you take too much, you’ll throw up and feel awful.
Q: What have you learned throughout your experience with these substances?
Especially with Xanax, you have to be careful because you don’t want anything to happen when you can’t remember it. There’ve been times that I’m worried I might have done something awful and I straight-up don’t know what it is.