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New student education program supports drug and alcohol abuse prevention

The Ohio State University is instituting a new educational requirement for all first-year and transfer undergraduate students targeting drug, tobacco and alcohol misuse.

The new online educational modules will cover alcohol and other drug misuse prevention, mental wellness and prescription drug abuse. The program will be used on all Ohio State campuses and begin this fall.

“This initiative centers the health, safety and wellbeing of every Buckeye,” said Senior Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers. “We have historically communicated and provided a wide variety of education and prevention information and we continue to identify ways to improve programming to best reach all of our students. Education is critical to creating a community of informed, responsible Buckeyes.”

Students will access the modules through BuckeyeLearn. Incoming students must complete the educational modules to register for classes next spring or fall semester.

“Local and national data demonstrate the growing need for education around alcohol, tobacco and other drug misuse, especially in light of increasing overdose deaths due to alcohol and other drugs,” said Shawnté Elbert, associate vice president for health and well-being, Office of Student Life. “These educational modules are a best-in-class opportunity to help prepare our students for a safe and healthy Buckeye experience.”

Vector Solutions, the provider of the modules, works with 2,200 colleges and universities. The company provides evidence-based education​ used by millions of students at institutions across the U.S.

The new modules help educate students about a growing problem facing campuses across the country: Nationally, from 2019 to 2021, deaths from synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, doubled. In Ohio, as of January 2021, incidents of opioid overdose were at the highest rate in 10 years.

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