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One key to the success of campus-wide prevention initiatives is students’ involvement and commitment to changing the environment.  A variety of prevention initiatives on campuses create opportunities for students to make healthy choices.

Students for Prevention

Students play a vital role in helping change the unhealthy alcohol and drug culture on college campuses.  In particular, campus alcohol policies, late night activities, individual assessments, student assistance offerings, education, community outreach, and enforcement make up comprehensive alcohol and other drug misuse prevention.

There are a number of prevention resources available for students on campus. These resources include:

  • alcohol education presentations
  • alcohol screenings like SBIRT and BASICS
  • alcohol free residence halls
  • alcohol free social and recreational activities
  • prescription drug misuse prevention resources
  • online, interactive educational tools
  • self-help groups, party smart guidelines
  • 21st birthday initiatives
  • social norms marketing campaigns

If you are a student who struggles with the consequences of alcohol or other drug misuse, an assessment could provide an overview of your use compared to other students and how you might make some changes to stay healthier.  If you would like to learn more about alcohol and drug misuse and their effects, an alcohol education presentation or online education resource might be helpful.  If you are interested in getting involved in prevention efforts, contact your school’s student health services or the wellness and health promotion areas on your campus.

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  1. Alcohol poisoning among college students resulting in trips to the emergency room has increased dramatically in recent years.

  2. About 1,800 college students die each year from alcohol-related causes.

  3. Alcohol and other drug misuse among college students is a commonly related to academic failure, sexual assaults, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, fights, assaults, and unintentional injuries.

  4. Many students—whether or not they drink—are subjected to the secondhand effects of alcohol consumption, such as not being able to sleep and having their studying interrupted by drunken behavior.

Prevent negative consequences of high-risk drinking on your campus.

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Rx Medications

  1. The traditional college student years represent the average age-group when the misuse of prescription drugs begins (SAMHSA).

  2. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with approximately 100 people, on average, dying each day. Many of these deaths result from the ingestion of mixtures of drugs and alcohol.

  3. Most students (89%) do not misuse medications like Adderall or Ritalin as so-called “study aids,” and those who do report lower grade-point averages.

You can help prevent the negative consequences of prescription drug misuse on your campus.

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  1. College students need their cognitive abilities to perform well in class and progress towards graduation.  A few studies have demonstrated that at the very least, there are near term deficits in cognitive abilities especially among young people who use marijuana daily or near daily.

  2. Regular users of marijuana may become dependent and experience withdrawal symptoms that are uncomfortable enough to cause a cycle of continued use.

  3. Marijuana use likely increases the risk of motor-vehicle crash by a factor of 2. Using smoked marijuana within 5 hours of driving is dangerous.  Eating marijuana infused candies or baked goods may extend the impairment window by two or three times (yes that means 15 or more hours of no driving).

Prevent negative consequences of marijuana use on your campus.

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Other Drugs

  1. More than one third of college students (39%) have used an illicit drug in the past year and more than one in five (22.5%) in the past month.

  2. The illicit drugs most frequently used by college students include marijuana, amphetamines, and narcotics other than heroin.

  3. The non-medical use of prescription drugs negatively impacts academic success. While many students claim that using stimulants as “study aids” help them perform better, in fact, students who abuse alcohol and other drugs typically spend less time studying, skip class more often, and earn lower grades.

Prevent negative consequences of illicit drug use on your campus.

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