DRUG AND ALCOHOL PREVENTION
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, drug use & alcohol consumption carries both short-term and long-term health risks:
Short-Term Health Risks
- Injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings, and burns.
- Violence, including homicide, suicide, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.
- Alcohol poisoning, a medical emergency that results from high blood alcohol levels.
- Risky sexual behaviors, including unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners. These behaviors can result in unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
- Miscarriage and stillbirth or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) among pregnant women.
Long-Term Health Risks
- High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.
- Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon.
- Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance.
- Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
- Social problems, including lost productivity, family problems, and unemployment.
- Alcohol or drug dependence.
Reference: Center for Disease Control (CDC). (2019). Alcohol Use and Your Health, https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH):
- Prevalence of Drinking: 58.0 percent of full-time college students ages 18–22 drank alcohol in the past month compared with 48.2 percent of other persons of the same age.
- Prevalence of Binge Drinking: 37.9 percent of college students ages 18–22 reported binge drinking in the past month compared with 32.6 percent of other persons of the same age.
- Prevalence of Heavy Drinking: 12.5 percent of college students ages 18–22 reported heavy alcohol use in the past month compared with 8.5 percent of other persons of the same age.
The following resources are available in MJC Health Services:
“Don’t Fool Yourself” California Smoker’s Helpline
“Friends in Recovery” National Alliance on Mental Illness
“Mental Health Resources” Modesto Junior College
“Drugs: What Everyone Should Know” American College Health Association
“Over the Counter Drugs” Advancing Health Equity
“Marijuana” Advancing Health Equity
“Drugs Shatter the Myths” National Institute on Drug Abuse
“Drop the Drugs” Stanislaus County
“Flavored and Nicotine-Free Vapes” Unknown
Health Services Available:
- Alcohol and Other Drug Use: Universal screening for students requesting a nurse, physician, or mental health visit.
- Referrals to community-based treatment programs
- Brief individual therapy with Health Services
- Crisis Counseling: Health Services offers same-day hour appointments pending provider availability. MJC Counseling also accepts walk-ins for students in crisis.
- Annual Health Fair
- Healthy Living Presentations, Fall and Spring Semester
- Adult Treatment Services (Stanislaus County)
- Substance Use Education and Prevention (Stanislaus County)
- Opioid Safety, Treatment, and Recovery Services (Stanislaus County)