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Alcohol & Other Drugs

The College encourages students to engage in thoughtful decision-making and responsible behavior with respect to alcohol and other drugs.  A range of educational programs and services are available to help students negotiate choices around alcohol and other drugs.

Alcohol & Other Drug Policy

Educate, Moderate, Communicate ConcernWellesley College is committed to providing an environment of well-being, learning, and accountability for its members, and established its Alcohol & Other Drug Policy with the priorities embodied in the logo created by Ashley Longseth ‘13 for the College's alcohol and other drug education programs: Educate, Moderate, Communicate Concern.

The Alcohol & Other Drug Policy establishes the following Community Standard regarding alcohol:  Students are expected to comply with governing law and College policies; respect this community by minimizing the impact of drinking upon others; care for their own health and well-being; and seek assistance for themselves of someone else who needs support or medical attention. Read the entire policy. The College complies with federal law which prohibits marijuana use.

Alcohol & Other Drug Education 

Students who wish to speak with someone confidentially about their concerns about their own or someone else's alcohol or other drug use, or who have been referred for an Alcohol or Other Drug Education session, may contact Assistant Director of Health Education Claudia Trevor-Wright to schedule an appointment. Meetings typically take one hour, and take place at the Health Service. 

eCHECKUP TO GO - Alcohol

eCHECKUP TO GO is a quick and confidential personalized self-assessment that will provide you with information on alcohol and harm reduction strategies, as well as feedback on your own alcohol behaviors and risk factors.  It will also provide you with helpful resources available to you at Wellesley College and in the community.  The information you provide to eCHECKUP To Go is completely anonymous and will only be available to you.  Your identifying information is only used to verify completion of the program.  

eCHECKUP TO GO is required for all entering students, and students referred for Alcohol Education sessions.  Any Wellesley student can access eCHECKUP TO GO anytime.

Helpful Websites

Alcohol & Other Drug Policy
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - College Students
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
National Institute on Drug Abuse -College-Age & Young Adults

Publications

Alcohol: A Women's Health Issue

Tools

BAC Calculator (Note: Calculator asks for "gender" but students should enter their assigned biological sex at birth)

Frequently Asked Questions About Marijuana

(January 2017)

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Is marijuana legal in Massachusetts?

Marijuana is still a prohibited substance under federal law (Controlled Substances Act, Drug-Free Workplace Act, Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act). Federal law applies throughout the United States, including Massachusetts, and supersedes state law.

Under state law, people age 21 and older can possess and consume recreational marijuana. For those younger than age 21, it remains illegal under state law. The sale of marijuana will not be legalized before 2018.

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Can I have marijuana on campus? 

No.  You may not possess, use, or grow marijuana on campus.  This includes edible products, oils, topical products, and beverages containing marijuana.

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Can I use marijuana off campus?

Community Standard 1 in the Wellesley College AOD Policy states that students are expected to follow the law wherever they are.  As stated above, marijuana is still prohibited by federal law, which applies throughout the United States.   

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Can I drive while using marijuana?

No. High driving is impaired driving. It is treated in the same way as drunk driving.  Marijuana impairs your response time and many other cognitive abilities that are imperative for safe driving.  

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What are the health consequences of using marijuana?

Short-term:

  • Impaired short-term memory, making learning and information retention difficult
  • Impaired motor coordination, including driving skills, increased risk of injury
  • Impaired judgment, increasing risk of high risk behaviors that facilitate STI transmission
  • In high doses, paranoia and psychosis (esp. with edibles, when dosing can be particularly challenging)

Long-term or Heavy Use:

  • Addiction (9% of users overall; up to 50% of daily users)
  • Altered brain development (esp. with use in adolescence)
  • Poor educational outcome, increased likelihood of dropping out
  • Cognitive impairment, with lower IQ in frequent users during adolescence
  • Diminished life satisfaction and achievement (by subjective report)
  • Symptoms of chronic bronchitis
  • Increased risk of chronic psychosis disorders in persons predisposed to such disorders.

Source: Volkow ND et al. N Engl J Med 2014;370:2219-2227.

 

 

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Who can I talk to if I am concerned about my own or someone else’s marijuana use?

Students are encouraged to reach out to the Wellesley College Health Service, and Office of Health Education, the Stone Center Counseling Service, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life for support with concerns related to alcohol or other drug use.  

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What if I am concerned about my own marijuana use but I am not sure if I need to talk to someone yet?

The Stone Center Counseling Service offers an anonymous screening tool that covers substance use.  You may choose to bring your screening results with you to speak with a counselor if you are concerned.

You may also wish to take the CUDIT-R, a very brief marijuana screening tool, and make an appointment to talk with the health educator about your results.

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I am an athlete / international student/ off-campus employee - is there anything else I need to know?

If you’re an athlete, the NCAA has rules about marijuana that still apply.

If you have a job off campus, other restrictions may apply.  It is important to be thoughtful about all of your obligations, both on and off campus, to determine what is right for you.

If you’re an international student, there are additional potential legal ramifications for marijuana use. 

MDMA/Molly

Over the last few weeks, MDMA or “Molly” has been linked to the death of multiple college-age people in the Northeast, including a 19-year-old college student who died after taking the drug at the House of Blues in Boston.   MDMA  is also an ingredient of “Ecstasy” which often includes many other chemical substances.   

THE BOTTOM LINE: As Molly and Ecstasy are synthetic (and illegal) stimulants, those who make or sell these drugs often add or substitute other chemicals (including methamphetamine, cocaine, or cathinones/ “bath salts”) making their contents unknown and totally unreliable.   

What are the effects?

Once taken, the effects of Molly begin within minutes.  Users may feel alert, hyper, nauseous or dizzy. Their perception of time and physical sensation may also be altered.  While some users report feeling euphoric or overly warm towards people (who may or may not deserve their affection), others feel anxious and agitated.  Molly also causes muscles to tense, often leading to clenched teeth and jaws as well as noticeable facial twitching. MDMA also impacts heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.  Users are at risk of hyperthermia (overheating) and dehydration, especially if they are in a hot or crowded venue.  This can cause kidney damage and dangerous changes to heart rhythms. 

Longer term effects of MDMA use may include anxiety and depression, as well as sleep and memory difficulties which can last for days to a week (and perhaps longer for regular users.)

Keep yourself and your friends safe:

  1. Know that MDMA has dangerous side effects – and even if something is called Molly or Ecstasy, there is no way to know what substances are actually in the drug.
  2. Remember that it’s particularly dangerous to take multiple doses of Molly or Ecstasy, or to combine it (or any stimulant) with alcohol. 
  3. Be a Responsible Actor! (And Remember the Responsible Action/ Good Samaritan Clause): If someone is showing any signs of overdose, call Campus Police at 781-283-5555 (on campus emergency) or 911 (off campus) immediately. 

Questions

Health Service: 781-283-2810
Health Education: 781-283-2810
Counseling Service: 781-283-2839

Accurate Information about Molly/ MDMA

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/mdma-ecstasy-or-molly
http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/mdma-ecstasy-or-molly
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/club-drugs-ghb-ketamine-rohypnol

Anaphylaxis: Are YOU prepared with a plan?

Anaphylaxis is unpredictable. When it comes to being prepared, it's important for people living with potentially life-threatening allergies to have an anaphylaxis action plan in place. Read to ensure you are prepared.

Do you know WHEN to use an Epi-Pen?

If you or someone you know shows SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS or a life-threatening allergic reaction, inject the epi-pen and call x5555 Campus Police or 911(off campus) immediately!

Watch the video for detailed instruction on use and proper administration of an Epi-Pen. Most common mistakes when using an Epi-Pen are:

  • Remember to HOLD EPI-PEN IN PLACE FOR 10 SECONDS after administering to allow all of the medication to be administered. 
  • Always call for emergency assistance after injecting.
  • Be sure to REFILL the used dose ASAP.

The Campus Dining Dietary Restriction Guide

Asthma and Inhalers

People with Asthma need to have an Asthma Action Plan, read about the CDC's Asthma Action Plan and be sure to develp a plan with your medical provider.

You can control your asthma and avoid an attack by taking your medicine exactly as your doctor or other medical professional tells you to do and by avoiding things that can cause an attack.

Effective use of inhaler ensures medication is delivered deep into airway, which is essential for prevention and treatment.

REMEMBER TO CHECK FOR EXPIRATION DATES AND REORDER BEFORE RUNNING OUT OF MEDICATION!

It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot!

It's not too late to get your flu shot!

Flu season can go on until May. Health Service has a limited supply of free flu vaccine available by calling 781.283.2810. If you are not on campus, visit www.flu.gov to locate a flu vaccine in your area.

Detailed information on flu symptoms, prevention and treatment

What to Have on Hand 

Make sure you have a good supply of the following:

  • antibacterial wipes for high touch surfaces where flu may live, like keyboards and phones
  • a thermometer
  • Ibuprofen (Advil) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

*The Health Service Nurses have made Self-Care Kits for when you are feeling ill or to treat minor injuries.  To purchase one and have it delivered to your mailbox, call the Health Service at 781.283.2810 or purchase online

To prevent getting sick, wash hands often, especially before meals and after using restrooms. Get adequate sleep, eat nutritious meals and manage your stress through exercise, meditation, hobbies, etc.

Helpful Websites:

www.flu.gov
www.cdc.gov/flu
www.mass.gov/dph/flu

 

Mental Health Anonymous Online Screening

Mental Health is a key part of your overall health. Brief sceenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional-they are a checkup from your neck up.  This program is completely anonymous and confidentail, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations and key resources.

take a screening

The Stone Center for Counseling is available for all Wellesley College students, free of charge. For more information, call 781.283.2839 to set up an appointment or visit their website.

 

Safer Sex Supplies

safer sex suppliesThe Health Service offers a variety of free safer sex supplies to Wellesley College students, including:

  • male condoms, lubricated and non-lubricated
  • female condoms, latex free
  • dental dams
  • gloves & finger cots
  • lubricant  

Wellesley College students may access free supplies at the Health Service during business hours or from a Sexual Health Educator (SHE) in the residence halls.

Have a Latex Allergy or Require a Special Supply?

Students who are allergic to latex and would like to request latex-free male condoms or other specialty safer sex supply may complete this form. These supplies can be picked up at the Health Service or delivered to a student's campus mailbox.

Wellesley College Health Service Senior Checklist

If you are over 21 and have not had a PAP test, consider making a GYN appointment at Health Service before you graduate (781.283.2810).

  • Prescriptions will NOT be filled by Health or Counseling Service after graduation. Be sure that you have a 3 month supply prior to leaving! Find out how to transfer prescriptions here.
  • College Health Insurance expires on August 14, 2018. If you are staying in Massachusetts, you will have a 60 day Special Enrollment Period after your student health coverage expires to review options and obtain insurance coverage at http://www.mahealthconnector.org.
  • For information on health insurance options outside of Massachusetts, visit www.healthcare.gov
  • Contact University Health Plans if you have student health insurance questions or 800-437-6448.
  • Locate a new doctor/primary care and or GYN. It may take up to 6 months to get an appointment!
  • Speak with a nurse to confirm that you're up to date on all vaccines and to receive any, if needed.
  • Obtain a FREE copy of your complete immunization record before graduation by printing it from your Student Wellness Portal. (NO access after graduation!!!).  Immunizations are required for entry into graduate schools and by some employers.  For your complete medical records, including immunizations, please complete a release of information. Post-graduation fees are: $15 Complete Record; $5 Immunizations.
  • Return all crutches and canes by 5/22/18.
  • All Health Service payments are due by 5/22/18 or will be transferred to your student account.
  • Update all addresses/ phone numbers in Banner.

Health Service will be open for URGENT CARE ONLY from Monday, May 21 - Thursday, May 31  from 10am-2pm.  Closed on Memorial Day, May 28 and Commencement Day, June 1.

Please call 781.283.2810 for an appointment, questions or concerns.

Helpful tips on Choosing a New Health Insurance Policy

Sexual Misconduct Awareness & Education

The College encourages students to educate themselves about sexual misconduct and how to play an active role in ending it. The Health Education team offers educational programs regarding sexual misconduct to the community upon request, and support to students who have concerns regarding sexual misconduct.

More Information About Title IX at Wellesley College

Resources for Students Who Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct

Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

Not Anymore 

All Wellesley College students are encouraged to compete Not Anymore, an interactive online education program that will provide you with information about sexual misconduct on college campuses and how to be an active bystander, as well as opportunities for personal reflection. Not Anymore will also provide you with helpful resources available to you at Wellesley College and in the community. The program takes less than 90 minutes to complete.

The information you provide to Not Anymore is completely anonymous and will only be available to you. Your identifying information is only used to verify completion of the program. 

"From the start, I found the test inclusive towards different identities (race, gender, orientation, disabilities, etc.) ...Moreover, I consider myself well-read in regards to sexual assault-related definitions and statistics, but I still learned a lot from the video and pre/post testing, especially seeing whether I got it right or wrong. In all topics, hearing student's diverse stories and encounters was incredibly eye-opening and impactful towards engaging my awareness and consciousness towards these occurrences."  -Student Leader, Class of 2015 

Accessing the Not Anymore Program

Step 1: Log on to Not Anymore
Step 2: Under “New Users” enter Access Code: 149355
Step 3: Create Your Account & remember your password. This allows you to complete the program in several sittings without having to start over.

Need Help?

If you have problems taking or reentering the program, contact tech support through the HELP button. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding the program, please contact Claudia Trevor-Wright, Assistant Director of Health Education & Wellness.

Did you know that average college-age students need 7-9 continuous hours of sleep each night for optimal health and academic or athletic functioning?  

Busy schedules and residential living can make achieving this ideal challenging, but there are many things you can do to sleep smart!

If you're having trouble getting sufficient sleep after making adjustments to your routine, call the Health Service to make an appointment with a clinician or health educator.   

Remember: Pulling all nighters, or not getting enough sleep regularly, takes a toll on academic performance.  If you want A's, GET ZZZZZZs. (Source: Dr. Britto).

For More Information: 
http://www.sleepfoundation.org/
 

 

Stress Relief for Finals

1. Avoid stressful people.

Stress actually is contagious. During exam week, resist the urge to have a study session with your super-tense friend, especially if she’s complaining about all the work she has to do and breaking pencils all over the place. Her stress will only add to your stress.

2. Eat healthy and exercise.

This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a wonder how many people forget it. Skip the sugar, which will make you crash, and go for snacks like granola bars, healthy cereal or fruits and veggies to keep your blood sugar stable. If you’re studying for a long period of time, eat some protein too. Also, try to get some form of exercise. Even a 10 minute walk will leave you calmer and more focused.

3. Breathe.

Sounds simple enough, right? But many of us forget to breathe deeply. When you are tense, you take shorter and shallower breaths. By taking a few minutes to inhale deeply and exhale fully, you release the tension you are holding in your chest, neck, shoulders, back, etc. Not only that, you are delivering some much-needed oxygen throughout your body-oxygen that can further help alleviate your stress levels.

4. Just say NO.

To the people who want to take up your time. There will probably be a friend who needs to talk to you for hours about her life, or party the night before your final, and if you say yes, you’ll probably be tempted to blow off studying. Resist the urge. Say no to the distractions and be selfish for a day. You want a good GPA, right?

5. Force yourself to take breaks.

For every hour or so that you work, take a 10 or 15 minute break. Let yourself do whatever you want, (check Facebook, stare off into space, take a walk, call a friend, etc.) for those 10-15 mins, then start working again. This gives your brain a little rest and will help keep you more focused when you are actually doing work. Make time to attend at least a few of the Take A Break events planned just for this purpose!

6. Visualize it all going right.

Even though it sounds kind of nuts, imagine yourself taking the exam and feeling confident that you know all the information. Picture getting all of the answers right, and focus on how relaxed you feel. Then picture the A on your exam. When you imagine a happy ending, that’s often what happens, because you make the decisions that lead to it without even realizing.

7. If you’ve studied all you can, get up your confidence!

When exam-time rolls around, it’s time to get yourself into confidence mode. You’ve prepared as much as you could, and now it’s time to ace the test. The tip here is to do whatever works to convince yourself you are going to do really well. Again, I know this tip sounds a little crazy but you just have to try it for yourself. I think you’ll like the results.

Good Luck!!

Tobacco and Cigarettes

For support with tobacco use reduction or cessation, make an appointment with a Health Educator or Health Service clinician.

Cigarettes

Did you know that 77% of Wellesley College students never smoke cigarettes?  And only 3.5% of Wellesley College students reported smoking cigarettes on 3 or more days in the last month.   Many of those who do smoke would like to reduce the amount they smoke or quit entirely.   

e-Cigarettes

e-Cigarettes are battery operated devices designed to look like actual cigarettes, but rather than burning their contents, they heat up liquid to release nicotine and other chemical vapors.  The contents of the liquid may vary widely in terms of the amount of nicotine and other additives included.  Although e-Cigarettes may not deliver the same toxins as cigarettes to the user, they are still a carcinogen delivery device.  Early research shows that e-Cigarettes may be useful in helping existing users quit tobacco use, but that in young people, they may be serving the exact opposite function and facilitating initiation of tobacco use.

Online Resources for Help with Quitting Tobacco Use

American Lung Association

Quitting Smoking

Get Help to Quit