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The Wellness Center is located within the Caves Sports and Wellness Center on the Owings Mills Campus.

Wellness Center
11001 Owings Mills Blvd.
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Phone: 443-352-4200
Fax: 443-352-4201

When Are We Open?

Monday-Friday
9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Extended Hours until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays while classes are in session. 

Emergency Contact
In case of life threatening emergency, dial 911.

Contact Campus Security
443-352-4500

  

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention

  • Introduction

    Introduction

    Stevenson University is an innovative, coeducational, independent institution offering undergraduate and graduate students a career-focused education marked by individualized attention, civility, and respect for difference. In order to achieve our mission, the health and safety of members of the Stevenson University community are of primary concern to the institution. The main goal of Stevenson’s drug and alcohol program is to help all members of the community understand the health risks associated with the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs and to provide appropriate support and resources for those members who may be struggling with their own usage. In order to fulfill this primary goal, Stevenson strives to develop, articulate and enforce clear policies for students and employees. Further, the institution seeks to provide relevant and effective educational programs for members of the university community, particularly students, surrounding the impact of abusing alcohol and illicit drugs.

    Stevenson’s drug and alcohol program is guided by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), which requires that colleges develop a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program that includes (a) a written statement about its standards of conduct that prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees; (b) a written description of legal sanctions imposed under federal, state, and local laws for unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol; (c) a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol; (d) a description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available to students and employees, and (e) a statement that the institution will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees for violations of the intuitions’ codes of conduct and a description of such sanctions. The drug and alcohol abuse prevention program must be distributed annually, in writing, to each employee and to each student who is taking one or more classes for any type of academic credit (except for continuing education units), regardless of the length of the student’s program of study.

    On March 1, 2017, the Governor of Maryland declared a state of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic in Maryland. According to the 2018 Annual Report produced by Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center, there were 2,385 unintentional intoxication deaths from all types of drugs and alcohol in Maryland in 2018, which represents an increase of 4.5% as compared to 2017. Opioids accounted for 88.6% of all such fatalities. While Maryland has seen a decline in heroin related deaths for the second year in a row, fentanyl related deaths continue to rise.

    As a result of these troubling statistics, Stevenson continues to devote a specific section of this document to heroin and opioid education. Stevenson requires full-time students to participate in heroin and opioid addiction and prevention awareness training during new student orientation. At our August 2019 new student orientation program, Mr. Tim Weber from the Kennedy Addiction Recovery Center, delivered a presentation to new students. Mr. Weber delivered a similar presentation in both August and October of 2018. For those who are do not attend an in-person training program, Stevenson has created an online program that these students must complete. Further, medical professionals in the Wellness Center and all full-time Security Officers at Stevenson University have been trained on symptom recognition and medication administration procedures. In addition many of the part-time Security Officers have been trained as well and, in several cases, they received this training as part of their full-time work as firefighters and EMTs.

    Finally, as part of our prevention efforts, we wish to highlight the institution’s Good Samaritan Policy. Under this policy, students who seek medical attention for themselves or their fellow students related to consumption of alcohol or other drugs will not be charged with a violation of Stevenson University policies and/or the Guidelines for Student Housing. Students, however, may be required at the discretion of the Dean of Students (or designee) to complete an alcohol assessment/alcohol education and/or a drug assessment/drug education program depending on the severity of the student’s situation.

    For your convenience, Stevenson’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program is presented below based on the heading of each section.  A full copy of the report is available here.

  • Standards of Conduct Regarding Alcohol

    Standards of Conduct Regarding Alcohol

    The health and safety of members of the Stevenson University community are the primary concerns of the University. It is the University’s policy to uphold the alcohol laws of the state of Maryland. Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted only by those who are at least 21 years of age. Alcoholic beverages are not to be furnished to or consumed by minors. Members of the Stevenson community and guests are expected to accept responsibility for their actions, to obey the law and to police their own behavior. Individuals who violate the law, in addition to being subject to criminal penalties, will be subject to University disciplinary measures. These specific policies that follow apply to Stevenson University events both on and off campus.

    1. Except as permitted by the following paragraphs, the possession, use or distribution of alcohol by students, faculty, staff, and guests on university property or in connection with any University activity is strictly forbidden.
    2. All University-sponsored events where alcohol is served, either on or off campus, must be approved by the Vice President, Student Affairs or Chief of Staff in the President’s office 30 days prior to the event. The Event Application Request for Service of Alcoholic Beverages will serve as a formal application for approval.
    1. All individuals attending the event must be of legal drinking age. Student organizations may request an exception to this guideline if the primary purpose of the event is other than a social drinking party and the majority of the guests are of legal drinking age.
    2. The organization’s adviser or an alternative faculty/staff member must be present for the duration of the event.
    3. Security must be present for the duration of the event.
    1. Alcohol may only be served by a licensed caterer trained to serve alcohol. Caterers must provide proof of license and training certification to the University prior to the event. A list of approved caterers is included with the Event Application Request for Service of Alcoholic Beverages.
    2. Proper proof of age must be provided to the server.
    3. Kegs, multi-liter containers and pitchers used for the serving of alcohol are not allowed at student-sponsored events.
    4. At events where alcohol is served, substantial food and non-alcoholic drinks must be provided. During late night events, the service of alcohol will stop one hour prior to the ending time of the event.
    5. It is recognized that this document cannot address, in specific fashion, all possible social situations that may occur. Where these procedures are not specific on a particular point, individual and organizational hosts are expected to conduct their social events and themselves in the spirit of social responsibility consistent with these procedures.

    Rules Specifically Applicable to University Housing

    Residents of legal drinking age may drink alcohol in their residence hall apartment or suite only if they are not in the presence of residents or guests who are under 21 years of age. Absolutely no alcohol is permitted in any shared space in a residence hall room/suite/apartment where underage students reside.  Alcohol may not be served or consumed in any common areas of the University’s residential facilities including but not limited to hallways, lounges, quad areas, and parking lots. Guests are expected to abide by the University’s rules while visiting SU housing. Students may be held responsible for the conduct of their guests. The Residence Life staff will confiscate or require underage residents to dispose of alcohol they observe being brought or having been brought into the residences and to stop consumption of alcoholic beverages in all common areas. Kegs, beer balls, and other multi-liter containers are not permitted in SU residence halls. The Residence Life staff will inform students of University policy, clarify if they are violating the University’s policy, and counsel them regarding the consequences of their behavior, both in terms of health and safety risks and legal consequences. Students in violation of the housing agreement or University policy will be held accountable. The Residence Life staff is to report offenders to the Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs & Conduct. The students involved will meet with the Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs & Conduct or a professional Residence Life staff member to determine appropriate sanctions if warranted. Any student failing to meet with a Residence Life staff member will be subject to termination of the housing contract for failure to comply with directions of a University official. 

    Standard Sanctions for Alcohol Violations

    Students

    First time violators may be subject to:

    • Formal warning
    • $100 fine and/or discipline service
    • Participation in an alcohol education program designated by the University

    Second time violators may be subject to:

    • $150 fine and/or discipline services
    • Housing probation
    • Parental notification (official warning letter sent to the student with a copy mailed to the student’s parents/guardians)
    • Participation in an alcohol education program or referral for treatment designated by the University

    Students with subsequent alcohol violations will generally be subject to one or more of the following:

    • Increased fine, referral for treatment, removal from residence, and termination of the students’ Housing Contract and/or suspension and/or expulsion from the University

    Employees

    Employees who violate Stevenson University’s alcohol policy are referred to the University’s Human Resources Office and are subject to disciplinary actions up to and including termination of employment and/or referral for prosecution as appropriate.

    Reporting Use and Misuse

    Each member of the Stevenson community is advised to report all suspicions of unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol or of alcohol abuse to Stevenson University’s Security Office in the Ratcliffe Community Center on the Owings Mills campus or by calling 443-352-4500.

  • Standards of Conduct Regarding Unauthorized Drugs

    Standards of Conduct Regarding Unauthorized Drugs

    The Stevenson University community affirms unauthorized drug use to be contrary to the goals of the University. The use, possession (including constructive possession), manufacture, distribution and solicitation of controlled dangerous substances, drug paraphernalia, look-alike drugs, unauthorized legal drugs, man-made or naturally occurring substances or inhalants used for the purpose of altering behaviors, mood, or for changing the brain or nervous system, and over-the-counter drugs/medications or prescription drugs in excess of the recommended or prescribed dosage(s) is strictly prohibited on Stevenson University property, Stevenson sponsored travel, or in connection with any program or activity sponsored or endorsed by Stevenson University.

    Standard Sanctions for Unauthorized Drugs

    Students

    Violations of the University’s Drug Policy are considered serious and may result in suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the University.  Students who are found to be distributing drugs will be expelled from the University. Students who are found in possession of large quantities of drugs may also be expelled from the University as the large quantity, by itself, may be viewed as intent to distribute.

    Employees

    Employees who violate Stevenson University’s Drug Policy are referred to the University’s Human Resources Office and/or are subject to disciplinary actions up to and including termination of employment and referral for prosecution as appropriate.

    Reporting Use and Misuse

    Each member of the Stevenson community is advised to report all suspicions of unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol or of alcohol abuse to Stevenson University’s Security Office in the Ratcliffe Community Center on the Owings Mills campus or by calling 443-352-4500.   

  • Good Samaritan Policy

    Good Samaritan Policy

    Stevenson University is committed to the health and safety of its students and strives to maintain policies that support this commitment. In an effort to maintain the health and safety of the campus community, the University has instituted this Good Samaritan Policy. Under this policy, students who seek medical attention for themselves or their fellow students related to consumption of alcohol or other drugs will not be charged with a violation of Stevenson University policies and/or the Guidelines for Student Housing. Students, however, may be required at the discretion of the Dean of Students or designee to complete an alcohol assessment/alcohol education and/or a drug assessment/drug education program depending on the severity of the student’s situation.

    Stevenson University prohibits the use of alcohol on campus for those under the legal drinking age of 21 and the use of unauthorized drugs. Alcoholic beverages are not to be furnished to, possessed or consumed by those less than 21 years of age. Students of legal drinking age may drink alcohol in their apartments/suites only if they are not in the presence of residents or guests who are under 21 years of age. The University recognizes that due to these prohibitions, students may unwisely choose not to call for medical assistance when another student is experiencing alcohol intoxication or a potential overdose situation due to the sanctions that the University might impose upon them. Should a student become intoxicated or involved in a potential overdose situation, Stevenson University implores individuals, regardless of age, to seek medical assistance for themselves or others in an attempt to keep the campus community safe.

    This Good Samaritan Policy applies only to those students who seek emergency medical assistance in connection with an alcohol or other drug related emergency and does not apply to individuals experiencing an alcohol or other drug emergency who are found by University personnel (e.g., Campus Security, Residence Life, University administrators). Similarly the Good Samaritan Policy only applies to alcohol and other drug related emergencies and does not apply to other unacceptable forms of behavior such as assault, property damage, or distribution of illegal substances. Likewise, the Good Samaritan Policy does not prevent action by police or other law enforcement personnel who are required to abide by Maryland State law.

    Stevenson University students are expected to act responsibly. In cases where repetitive violations of Stevenson University’s policies and/or Guidelines for Student Housing occur, the Dean of Students or designee reserves the right to take judicial action on a case-by-case basis regardless of the manner in which the incident was reported.

  • Standards of Conduct Regarding Tobacco

    Standards of Conduct Regarding Tobacco

    Stevenson University is committed to a policy of creating a smoke-free environment in all its facilities and in providing a healthy, comfortable environment for students, faculty, staff, and guests. Smoking is not permitted in any building on the Greenspring or Owings Mills campuses. In order to create a healthier environment:

    • All areas within 15 feet of building entrances are designated smoke-free zones.
    • The space between the Dawson Academic Center and the Manuszak Center Buildings on the Greenspring Campus will be designated smoke-free due to the close proximity of these two buildings.
    • Cigarette receptacles will be placed 15 feet from building entrances.
    • Proper signage will be posted indicating “Smoke-Free Zones”.
    • Enforcement will be by self-governance of the campus community.
    • The Wellness Center is available to meet with students and discuss referrals to the Baltimore County Health Department for smoking reduction and cessation education classes.
  • Drug Conviction and Financial Aid Eligibility

    Drug Conviction and Financial Aid Eligibility

    Under the Higher Education Act, a student may become ineligible for federal student aid upon conviction of any offense involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs while receiving Title IV federal financial aid. Federal aid includes Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study, and Perkins
    Loans.

    Penalties for Drug Convictions

    Possession of Illegal Drugs

    First Offense: Ineligible to receive aid for 1 year from the date of conviction

    Second Offense: Ineligible to receive aid for 2 years from the date of conviction

    Third and Subsequent Offenses: Indefinite ineligibility from the date of conviction

    Sale of Illegal Drugs

    First Offense: Ineligible to receive aid for 2 years from the date of conviction

    Second and Subsequent Offenses: Indefinite ineligibility from the date of conviction

    How to Regain Eligibility

    A student can regain eligibility for federal student aid funds by successfully completing a drug rehabilitation program. To be sufficient to reinstate financial aid eligibility, the program must include at least 2 unannounced drug tests AND be recognized as a Federal, State, or local government agency program. A student will regain eligibility on the date of successfully completing the program.

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    A question on the FAFSA form asks if the student has ever been convicted of a drug-related offense. Failure to answer this question will automatically disqualify the student from receiving Federal aid. Falsely answering this question, if discovered, could result in fines up to $20,000, imprisonment, or both.

    Convictions During Enrollment

    According to the United States Department of Education, if a student is convicted of a drug offense after receiving Federal aid, he or she must notify the Financial Aid Department student and will be ineligible for further aid and required to pay back all aid received after the conviction.

  • Health Risks Associated with the Abuse of Alcohol

    Health Risks Associated with the Abuse of Alcohol

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provide detailed information regarding the health risks associated with the abuse of alcohol. The information provided below was taken directly from their websites and was retrieved on August 30, 2019.

    According to SAMSHA, excessive alcohol use can increase a person’s risk of developing serious health problems in addition to those issues associated with intoxication behaviors and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

    The NIAAA provides the following information on how alcohol can affect your body:

    Brain: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.

    Heart: Drinking a lot over time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including: cardiomyopathy (stretching and drooping of heart muscle); arrhythmias (irregular heart beat); stroke; and high blood pressure.

    Liver: Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammation including: steatosis, or fatty liver; alcoholic hepatitis; fibrosis; and cirrhosis.

    Pancreas: Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.

    Cancer: The NIAAA notes that based on extensive reviews of research studies, there is a strong scientific consensus of an association between alcohol drinking and several types of cancer, including the following: head and neck cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer.

    Immune System: Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.

    More information may be found at Alcohol & Your Health, which is provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

    References

    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (n.d.).  Alcohol’s Effects on the Body.  Retrieved from https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body on 2019, August 30.

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019, January 30).  Alcohol Tobacco, and Other Drugs.  Retrieved from   https://www.samhsa.gov/atod/alcohol on 2019, August 30.

  • Health Risks Associated with Heroin

    Health Risks Associated with Heroin

    On March 1, 2017, the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, declared a state of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic in Maryland. While detailed information is provided below, interested readers can learn more about how the state of Maryland is combatting the heroin and opioid crisis by visiting http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/.

    Maryland’s Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours/7 days a week to provide support, guidance and assistance on how to access Substance Use Disorder services, in addition to the current mental health crisis services provided by this hotline. Callers will also be given information about naloxone, recovery support and family services as available/appropriate in the individual's local area.

    Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can quickly restore the breathing of a person experiencing an opioid overdose. Opioids are a group of drugs that include heroin and prescription medications like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl and methadone. Naloxone is available as a generic drug or under the brand names NARCAN® and EVZIO®. Anyone can get naloxone at a Maryland pharmacy without a prescription. More information regarding how to procure Naloxone from a pharmacy is available here.

    For a step-by-step guide describing how to respond to an opioid overdose, click here.

    What is Heroin?

    The Center of Disease Control (CDC) and The National Institute on Drug Abuse  (NIDA) provide substantial information regarding the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs.  The information provided below was taken directly from their websites and was retrieved on August 30, 2019.   

    According to the CDC, heroin is an illegal, highly addictive opioid drug.  A heroin overdose can cause slow and shallow breathing, coma, and death.  People often use heroin along with other drugs or alcohol. This practice is especially dangerous because it increases the risk of overdose.  Heroin is typically injected but is also smoked and snorted. When people inject heroin, they are at risk of serious, long-term viral infections such as HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B, as well as bacterial infections of the skin, bloodstream, and heart.

    Important Points to Remember About Heroin (NIDA webpage entitled DrugFacts: Heroin)

    • Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of various opium poppy plants.
    • Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin.
    • People inject, snort, or smoke heroin. Some people mix heroin with crack cocaine, a practice called speedballing.
    • Heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing.
    • People who use heroin report feeling a "rush" (or euphoria).  Other common effects include dry mouth, heavy feelings in the arms and legs, and clouded mental functioning.
    • Long-term effects may include collapsed veins for people who inject the drug, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, and lung complications.
    • Research suggests that misuse of prescription opioid pain medicine is a risk factor for starting heroin use.
    • A person can overdose on heroin. Naloxone is a medicine that can treat a heroin overdose when given right away, though more than one dose may be needed.
    • Heroin is highly addictive. Withdrawal symptoms -  which can begin as early as a few hours after the drug was last taken - include severe muscle and bone pain, sleep problems, diarrhea and vomiting, and severe heroin cravings.
    • A range of treatments including medicines and behavioral therapies are effective in helping people stop heroin use.  However, treatment plans should be individualized to meet the needs of the patient.
    References:

    Before it’s too late. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/what-you-need-to-know-about-naloxone-2/ on 2019, August 30.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heroin. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/heroin.html on 2019, August 30.

    NIDA. (2019, June). Heroin. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin on 2019, August 30.

  • Health Risks Associated with Prescription Opioids

    Health Risks Associated with Prescription Opioids

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides substantial information regarding the misuse of prescription opioids. information provided below was taken directly from their website and was retrieved on August 30, 2019.

    Prescription opioids can be used to treat moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following surgery or injury, or for health conditions such as cancer. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the acceptance and use of prescription opioids for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain, such as back pain or osteoarthritis, despite serious risks and the lack of evidence about their long-term effectiveness

    Anyone who takes prescription opioids can become addicted to them. In fact, as many as one in four patients receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting struggles with opioid addiction. Once addicted, it can be hard to stop. In 2016, more than 11.5 million Americans reported misusing prescription opioids in the past year.

    Taking too many prescription opioids can stop a person’s breathing—leading to death.

    In addition to the serious risks of addiction, abuse, and overdose, the use of prescription opioids can have a number of side effects, even when taken as directed including, but not limited to, the following: constipation; nausea, vomiting, and dry mouth; sleepiness and dizziness; confusion; and depression.

    References

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017, August 29). Prescription Opioids. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/prescribed.html on 2019, August 30.

  • Health Risks Associated with Marijuana

    Health Risks Associated with Marijuana

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides substantial information regarding marijuana. The information provided below was taken directly from the NIDA website and was retrieved on August 30, 2019.

    Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Its use is widespread among young people. In 2015, more than 11 million young adults ages 18 to 25 used marijuana in the past year.

    Short Term Effects of Marijuana Usage on the Brain:

    THC acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals. These natural chemicals play a role in normal brain development and function.  Marijuana over-activates parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors. This causes the "high" that people feel. Other effects include:

    • altered senses (for example, seeing brighter colors)
    • altered sense of time
    • changes in mood
    • impaired body movement
    • difficulty with thinking and problem-solving
    • impaired memory
    • hallucinations (when taken in high doses)
    • delusions (when taken in high doses)
    • psychosis (when taken in high doses)

    Long Term Effects of Marijuana Usage on the Brain:

    Marijuana also affects brain development. When people begin using marijuana as teenagers, the drug may impair thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. Researchers are still studying how long marijuana's effects last and whether some changes may be permanent.

    Physical Effects of Marijuana Usage:

    • Breathing problems. Marijuana smoke irritates the lungs, and people who smoke marijuana frequently can have the same breathing problems as those who smoke tobacco. These problems include daily cough and phlegm, more frequent lung illness, and a higher risk of lung infections. Researchers so far haven’t found a higher risk for lung cancer in people who smoke marijuana.
    • Increased heart rate. Marijuana raises heart rate for up to 3 hours after smoking. This effect may increase the chance of heart attack. Older people and those with heart problems may be at higher risk.
    • Problems with child development during and after pregnancy. Marijuana use during pregnancy is linked to lower birth weight and increased risk of both brain and behavioral problems in babies. If a pregnant woman uses marijuana, the drug may affect certain developing parts of the fetus's brain.

    Mental Effects of Marijuana Usage:

    Long-term marijuana use has been linked to mental illness in some users, such as:

    • temporary hallucinations
    • temporary paranoia
    • worsening symptoms in patients with schizophrenia – a severe mental disorder with symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia, and disorganized thinking
    References

    National Institute on Drug Abuse (2019, July).  Marijuana. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana on 2019, August 30.

  • Health Risks Associated with Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse

    Health Risks Associated with Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides helpful and relevant information regarding prescription drug misuse and abuse. The information provided below was taken directly from the NIDA website and was retrieved on August 30, 2019.

    According to the NIDA, the misuse of prescription drugs means taking a medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed; taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain; or taking a medication to feel euphoria (i.e., to get high). The term nonmedical use of prescription drugs also refers to these categories of misuse. The three classes of medication most commonly misused are:

    • opioids—usually prescribed to treat pain
    • central nervous system [CNS] depressants (this category includes tranquilizers, sedatives, and hypnotics)—used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders
    • stimulants—most often prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

    Prescription drug misuse can have serious medical consequences. Increases in prescription drug misuse over the last 15 years are reflected in increased emergency room visits, overdose deaths associated with prescription drugs, and treatment admissions for prescription drug use disorders, the most severe form of which is an addiction. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999.

    References

    National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018, December). Misuse of Prescription Drugs. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/misuse-prescription-drugs/overview on 2019, August 30.

  • Health Risks Associated with the Use of Tobacco Products

    Health Risks Associated with the Use of Tobacco Products

    The Center for Disease Control provides substantial information regarding tobacco use. The information provided below was taken directly from their website and was retrieved on August 30, 2019.

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    • Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body
    • More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.
    • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death
    • Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
    • Many adult cigarette smokers want to quit smoking. Helpful information for those who wish to quit smoking may be found here.
    References

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2019, February 6).  Smoking and Tobacco Use: Fast Facts.  Retrieved from
    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/index.htm on 2019, August 30.  

  • Health Risks Associated with the Use of Synthetic Cannabinoids

    Health Risks Associated with the Use of Synthetic Cannabinoids

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides helpful information regarding the adverse health risks associated with the use of synthetic cannabinoids.  The information provided below was taken directly from the NIDA website and was retrieved on August 30, 2019.

    Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices. These products are also known as herbal or liquid incense.

    These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they are similar to chemicals found in the marijuana plant. Because of this similarity, synthetic cannabinoids are sometimes misleadingly called "synthetic marijuana" (or "fake weed"), and they are often marketed as safe, legal alternatives to that drug. In fact, they are not safe and may affect the brain much more powerfully than marijuana; their actual effects can be unpredictable and, in some cases, more dangerous or even life-threatening.

    People who have used synthetic cannabinoids and have been taken to emergency rooms have shown severe effects including: rapid heart rate; vomiting; violent behavior; and suicidal thoughts.  Synthetic cannabinoids can also raise blood pressure and cause reduced blood supply to the heart, as well as kidney damage and seizures. Use of these drugs is associated with a rising number of deaths.

    References
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (2018, February).  Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice).  Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/synthetic-cannabinoids-k2spice on 2019, August 30.
     
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Programs Available to Students & Employees

    Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Programs Available to Students & Employees

    Students

    Stevenson provides alcohol and drug education to all new students through new student orientation and through the students’ required completion of the online educational program MyStudentBody.com. MyStudentBody.com, which is a required component of the Stevenson University health profile, focuses on three areas: alcohol, drugs and sexual violence.

    Each year, Stevenson participates in the National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) held in April. Wellness Center health professionals are available to students who participate to provide confidential counseling and health services and to offer referrals to off-campus providers as needed. In 2019, 260 forms were completed by Stevenson students and educational materials were provided to participants. This event was a collaboration between the Wellness Center and the Student Government Association.

    Throughout the academic year, Stevenson strives to offer programming and awareness campaigns on the topics of substance abuse. For example, in February, 2019 the Vice President, Student Affairs sent a message to all students alerting them of the health risks associated with “edibles” laced with “K2” or “Spice”. While we have not encountered any incidents on the Stevenson University campus, we were aware of other colleges where students became ill after ingesting edibles found to be laced with “K2” or “Spice”. In April, 2019 a representative from MADD along with a representative from the Baltimore County DUI Task Force delivered a presentation on campus regarding the lasting and long-term effects of substance impaired driving. Also in April, 2019 representatives from the Baltimore County Health Department delivered a presentation on heroin and opioid abuse.

    Stevenson University’s Office of Residence Life, in collaboration with the Wellness Center, provides alcohol education to students who are found responsible for violating the University’s Alcohol Policy. Stevenson University utilizes the Informed Choices Alcohol Education Workshop for students found responsible for a first-time alcohol violation. Informed Choices is an interactive, discussion based workshop designed to empower students to make the best-informed decisions about alcohol consumption. The goal of the program is to further educate students on the impact alcohol has on their own bodies and in their communities, both on and off-campus. In addition, one-on-one education is provided when students violate the University’s alcohol policy a second time as well as in cases of significant first-time alcohol violations.

    Students who violate Stevenson University’s drug policy, and who are permitted to remain enrolled at the University, are typically required to participate in a University sponsored drug education class facilitated by the Office of Residence Life. This class is an interactive workshop designed to help students understand the risks associated with illegal drugs and empower them to make the best-informed decisions they can make surrounding the use or abuse of illegal drugs. The goal of the program is to educate students on how drugs impact their mind, body and community as well as the impact it can have on their potential career prospects. If students continue to violate Stevenson University’s drug policy, they may be referred for education and treatment from a University approved off-campus provider or be removed from housing or suspended/expelled from the University.

    Stevenson has a Substance Awareness Task Force (SATF) that meets on a monthly basis. The task force includes faculty, staff, and students. The mission of the task force is to support and promote healthy & safe life choices for all faculty, staff & students of the Stevenson community through educational resources, alternative programming and positive reinforcement. Several of the programs that are described above were developed because of the efforts of the SATF. Further, the SATF recently developed a “Stevenson Cares” campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to help provide resources for students who are in need of assistance as a result of issues such as drugs and alcohol, sexual assault, or mental health. Clings have been placed in the stalls of public bathrooms on the Owings Mills campus with important emergency contact information for students and employees who may be experiencing personal struggles, including contact information for Maryland’s Crisis Hotline (see below for more information on this hotline).

    Finally, there are numerous off-campus resources that students may wish to explore, including those noted below. Students may wish to contact Stevenson University’s Wellness Center for assistance in evaluating these options.

    1. SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provides a Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, which is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

    2. SAMSHA also offers free and confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To access SAMHSA’s National Helpline, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or use 1-800-487-4889 (TTY).

    3. Maryland’s Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours/7 days a week to provide support, guidance and assistance on how to access Substance Use Disorder services, in addition to the current mental health crisis services provided by this hotline. Callers will also be given information about naloxone, recovery support and family services as available/appropriate in the individual's local area. Call 211 and press 1 to access this crisis hotline.

    4. Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration offers valuable resources related to drug treatment and drug prevention.

    5. For a free support and resource to stop smoking call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit smokefree.gov/.

    Employees

    Employees may access alcohol and drug education through GuidanceResources, Stevenson University’s Employee Assistance Program, by calling (800) 327-1850. For additional information, employees may contact the Office of Human Resources.

    There are also numerous off-campus resources that employees may choose to explore, including those noted below.

    1. SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provides a Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, which is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

    2. SAMSHA also offers free and confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To access SAMHSA’s National Helpline, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or use 1-800-487-4889 (TTY).

    3. Maryland’s Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours/7 days a week to provide support, guidance and assistance on how to access Substance Use Disorder services, in addition to the current mental health crisis services provided by this hotline. Callers will also be given information about naloxone, recovery support and family services as available/appropriate in the individual's local area. Call 211 and press 1 to access this crisis hotline.

    4. Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration offers valuable resources related to drug treatment and drug prevention.

    5. For a free support and resource to stop smoking call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit smokefree.gov/.

  • Distribution of the Annual Notification

    Distribution of the Annual Notification

    Stevenson University’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention program will be distributed to the entire Stevenson University community (all students, faculty and staff) in accordance with the below procedures. Stevenson University’s Vice President for Student Affairs will be responsible for ensuring the timely distribution of the Drug and Alcohol Prevention program.

    Students

    1. At the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, the entire Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program will be emailed to all students (undergraduate and graduate/accelerated) enrolled in the institution. This email will be sent on the first day of the third week of the fall and spring semesters in order to allow for the completion of the add/drop period and thus ensuring all enrolled students receive this notification.

    2. At the beginning of each non-traditional academic term, a separate email will be sent to new students enrolled in each of these terms in order to ensure they receive the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program. Examples of non-traditional terms at Stevenson University currently consist of “8-week 1”, “8-week 2”, “5-week 2”, “Winterim” and the various summer terms. Students who are enrolled in “8-week 1” will be included in the email that will be sent the first day of the third week of the fall and spring semesters as described in number 1 above. Students enrolled in the other non-traditional terms, and who were not enrolled when the email was sent during the third week of the fall/spring semester, will receive an email that includes the entire Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program. These emails will be sent two-days after the conclusion of the add-drop period for each of these terms. The Dean of Students will collaborate with the Registrar’s Office in order to produce an accurate list of students who should be included on these additional distributions.

    3. A webpage has been created on Stevenson University’s external webpage at www.stevenson.edu and the internal portal page (SUNow Portal) detailing Stevenson University’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program. The direct link to the page on the external website is: www.stevenson.edu/alcohol-drugs. These webpages have been created to facilitate ease of access. All e-mail notifications will provide a direct link to the external webpage: www.stevenson.edu/alcohol-drugs.

    Employees

    1.  At the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, the entire Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program will be emailed to all employees employed at the institution.  This email will be sent on the first day of the third week of the fall and spring semesters. 

    2.  Employees will also receive information on where to access the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program and an overview of the program at their new employee orientation.  By including this information in new employee orientation, Stevenson will ensure that employees who are hired at times following the distribution of the emails are informed of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program.

    3  A webpage has been created on Stevenson University’s external webpage at www.stevenson.edu and the internal portal page (SUNow Portal) detailing Stevenson University’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention program. The direct link to the page on the external website is:  www.stevenson.edu/alcohol-drugs.  These webpages have been created to facilitate ease of access.  All e-mail notifications will provide a direct link to the external webpage: www.stevenson.edu/alcohol-drugs.

  • Biennial Review

    Biennial Review

    Stevenson University is an innovative, coeducational, independent institution offering undergraduate and graduate students a career-focused education marked by individualized attention, civility, and respect for difference. In order to achieve our mission, the health and safety of members of the Stevenson University community are of primary concern to the institution. The primary goal of Stevenson’s drug and alcohol program is to help all members of the community understand the health risks associated with the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs and to provide appropriate support and resources for those members who may be struggling with their own usage. In order to fulfill this primary goal, Stevenson strives to develop, articulate and enforce clear policies for students and employees. Further, the institution seeks to provide relevant and effective educational programs for members of the university community, particularly students, surrounding the impact of abusing alcohol and illicit drugs.

    In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s Drug-Free School and Communities Act, combined with Stevenson’s primary interest in the safety of the members of the campus community, Stevenson University will complete a biennial review of its drug and alcohol abuse prevention program. The biennial review is conducted in order to: (a) Determine the DAAPP’s effectiveness and implement changes to the program if the changes are needed; (b) Determine the number of drug and alcohol-related violations and fatalities that occur on the institution’s campus (as defined in 20 U.S.C. § 1029(f)(6)), or as part of any of the institution’s activities and are reported to campus officials; (c) Determine the number and type of sanctions described above that are imposed by the institution as a result of drug and alcohol-related violations and fatalities on the institution’s campus or as part of any of the institution’s activities; and (d) Ensure that the sanctions required are consistently enforced. Therefore, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s Drug-Free School and Communities Act Stevenson University has completed this biennial review of its drug and alcohol abuse prevention program.

    The biennial review is conducted by the Office of Student Affairs in collaboration with Stevenson University’s Substance Awareness Task Force. The Substance Awareness Task Force is a committee chaired by Stevenson University’s Assistant Vice-President, Wellness Center. The selection of the AVP of the Wellness Center to chair this task force is purposeful, as she is both a registered nurse and a professional counselor. Further, as the leader of the Wellness Center, the AVP provides overall supervision to Stevenson’s mental health counselors and registered nurses. The membership of the Substance Awareness Task Force includes the following: Vice President, Student Affairs; Associate Vice President, Student Affairs & Dean of Students; Director of Security; Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Conduct; Nurse Practitioner, Wellness Center; and at least one representative from each of the following campus constituencies: Faculty, Athletics, Human Resources; Residence Life, and Student Government.

 
 
 
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