Drug Abuse Prevention

What is Drug Abuse?

Drug abuse is a desire to have and use large amounts of one or more substances. Most drugs of abuse can alter a person’s thinking and judgment, leading to health risks, including addiction, drugged driving and infectious disease. People of all ages, ethnicities, social groups, and genders can become a victim of drug abuse. It is a generic term for abuse of any drug, this list includes, but not limited to:

  • Legal, over-the-counter (ex: alcohol, cigarettes)
  • Legal, prescription (ex: oxycodone, methadone)
  • Chemical (ex: inhalants)
  • Illegal (ex: marijuana, heroin, cocaine)
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How can BGSU help?

A way to keep up with the social scene, an outlet to numb pain and a practice that can affect lives when abused. Prescription medications are among the most highly abused substances in the United States. This site is supported by Cardinal Health and Generation Rx whom help to educate prescription drug users on the importance of safety, “You focus on what matters most: improving people’s lives. We focus on helping you do just that” as stated on the Cardinal Health website.

Students are more than likely to be exposed to non-prescribed prescription drugs at some point during their college career.  Education is key in not only the effort to change the misperceptions of prescription drug abuse, but also the behavior associated.

Those participating in discussions regarding prescription drug use should consider the risks and suggested safety precautions involved when using prescription drugs. Change the habits, behaviors and misperceptions of prescription drug abuse and avoid becoming just another statistic.

Generation Rx Mission

To combat misperceptions and correct behaviors the Prescription Drug Awareness Grant focuses upon three initiatives including increasing awareness, increasing knowledge and the willingness to discuss prescription drug abuse.

For More Information Contact:
Faith Yingling
Wellness Connection

How can you help others?

Become a Peer Educator

Becoming a peer educator is a great way to get involved on campus, strengthen public speaking skills with presentations, and make new friends. It gives students the opportunity to learn from other students as well. A class is offered to those interested in peer education.  

The peer education program strives to promote all aspects of wellness by raising awareness and knowledge about healthier living through outreach and role modeling. The primary goal is to develop fun, interactive and educational programs that reach the entire BGSU community.

Peer educators present on various wellness topics, including nutrition, body image, alcohol and other drugs and sexual health. Become a member and find out what peer education is about!

Contact Faith DeNardo at faithy@bgsu.edu for more information.