AOD

AOD

 

Everybody does it! Or do they?

Check it out …

  • 83% of Rowan students had not used marijuana in 30 days prior to the survey*
  • 85% of Rowan students had not used a prescription drug that was not prescribed to them within the past 12 months of the survey*
  • Most Rowan students estimated their BAC (blood alcohol concentration) was below .08 the last time they partied*

*Source: Spring 2010 NCHA survey of 1435 Rowan University students

So what does that mean? It means that most Rowan students are making good decisions when it comes to alcohol and other drugs.

Party Smart!

So how can you go out and have a good time and still safe? A couple things to keep in mind:

  • The legal drinking age in the US is 21 years old. If you choose to drink underage, know the consequences and risks. Know NJ state law and Rowan University policies, including the off-campus policy.
  • It’s ok not to drink alcohol. Bring your own beverage of soda, water, or Gatorade.
  • Keep an eye (and a hand) on your drink. 
  • What’s a party without your friends? Bring along some buddies...and keep an eye on each other. Know where the people you came with are at the end of the night.
  • Alternate alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages if you choose to drink. Space out your drinks to keep it close to one per hour.
  • Eat!
  • Tell someone who’s not drinking where you plan to go and when you plan to return. This could be a roommate who’s not going out that night or even a friend from home.

 Drink Spiking

DRINK SPIKING IS A REAL DANGER

 The University is sharing this message to raise awareness of potential drink spiking. The University received reports of drink spiking during the academic year, and incidents have been reported to Rowan University Police. From time to time the University shares messages of this type with the campus community to share information intended to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their safety and the safety of others. We share this information to reduce risks and enhance campus safety, with no intent to blame victims of crime. Only criminals are responsible for their crimes.

 Drink spiking is the addition of a drug, chemical or alcohol to beverages in order to impair or incapacitate the person who consumes the beverage. Alcohol, such as Vodka, can be added to a drink that you do not expect to have any or as much alcohol, causing the drink to impair you more than expected. This may be done in order to facilitate sexual assault or other crimes. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be spiked, including water. People of any gender can be the target or the perpetrator of drink spiking. 

 Drink spiking is a crime, and will be prosecuted by Police. Rowan University will also discipline students for drink spiking.

 Safety Tips:

  • Drink only canned or bottled beverages with the seal intact.
  • Do not accept drinks from a common source such as a punch bowl. 
  • Watch your drink when it is made or dispensed from a keg.
  • Avoid mixed liquor drinks when you are not at a trusted establishment such as a licensed restaurant or bar. You cannot be sure something was not added to the bottle, even if you watch the drink being made.
  • Only accept drinks from people you know and trust.
  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • If a drink tastes or smells unusual, stop drinking it and pour it out.
  • Go with a group you know and trust. Stick together, stay in contact and leave together.
  • Remember your Green Dot training. Bystanders can intervene to stop drink spiking and prevent someone from being harmed.

 

If you are hosting a party and serving drinks:

  • Serve only bottled or canned beverages.
  • Put a trusted friend in charge of dispensing all beverages.
  • Do not allow outsiders to bring in drinks from unknown sources.
  • Only admit people you know to your party.
  • Ask suspicious persons to leave, or call Police and report them.
  • Check ID and only serve students over legal drinking age (21). 

 

If you see someone spiking a drink:

  • This is a Green Dot opportunity! Do something to intervene.
  • Pour it out. Pretend it was an accident if necessary.
  • Tell the party host or others what you saw.
  • Call 911 when you can.
  • Text 911 when you cannot call.

 

If you think you may have consumed a spiked beverage:

  • You may experience unexpected levels of intoxication.
  • You may also experience confusion, hallucinations, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting or other symptoms.
  • Spiked drinks can be very dangerous.
  • Call 911 and get medical help ASAP!

 

Good Samaritan Policy:

  • Rowan has a Good Samaritan policy. New Jersey also has a Good Samaritan law.
  • You and your friends will not be disciplined or prosecuted for alcohol or drug violations if you need help and call an RA or the Police. 

 

New Jersey Higher Education Consortium

Rowan University is an active member of the New Jersey Higher Education Consortium on Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Education (NJHEC). This voluntary association of over 40 New Jersey colleges and universities works to address campus substance abuse.

The mission of the New Jersey Higher Education Consortium is:

  • to successfully pursue proactive prevention strategies to prevent campus alcohol and other drug abuse
  • to develop strong institutional policies on drug use and alcohol abuse
  • to measure the extent of drug use and alcohol abuse and their associated problems
  • to create activities to bring about desired behavior changes in students, staff, and faculty

 

For further information about our AOD Services, please contact Bob Logan, M.S., LCADC via email or at the Wellness Center at (856) 256-4333.