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Alcohol/Drug Information

Alcohol Overdose and Medical Amnesty

Make the Call, 9-1-1

The University of Minnesota Duluth values the safety and well-being of their students and has implemented an alcohol-related emergency protocol. Alcohol overdose can be life threatening, and students are expected to take responsible action to obtain medical assistance for those in need. The following information relates to this protocol:

  • Students will be educated on the symptoms and severity of alcohol overdose and encouraged to call 911 when an alcohol overdose is suspected. UMD students will be involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of this education.
  • A state statute, medical amnesty, was enacted in August 2013 that provides immunity for underage consumption or possession of alcohol for a person contacting 911 to seek assistance for an incapacited individual. The person who receives medical assistance will also be immune from prosecution for underage drinking.

Signs of Alcohol Overdose

  1. Appears unconscious
  2. Won't wake up
  3. Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
  4. Slow or irregular breathing
  5. Vomiting while sleeping or passed out

What To Do

  • Turn the person on thier side
  • Dial 911, get medical help
  • Stay with the person

Alcohol Self-Assessments  

  1. Personalized Alcohol Use Assessment (e-CHUG)
  2. The Drink Wheel - Blood Alcohol Concentration calculator (Intoximeters, Inc. UK)
  3. How much is too much? Take and Alcohol Screening Test (AlcoholScreening.org)
  4. Do you have a drinking problem? www.brad21.org

The University of Minnesota Duluth Alcohol Policy

Additional Resources

Get Help: Recovery Services

Clean Recovery Services: Recovery services designed specifically for traditional college aged people. For more information, call 218-723-6527. College of St. Scholastica. 1200 Kenwood Ave. Duluth, MN. 55811

Detox and Chemical Dependency assessments - Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment: Call (218) 728-1533.

Alcoholics anonymous, Off-Campus Al-Anon and Alateen meetings: Call (218) 624-2764 for Times and Locations.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Roommate Recovery

UMD Students who self-disclose on their housing forms that they have completed a drug/alcohol treatment program and students who are currently participating in a treatment program may request to room with another individual of similar circumstances in the "Special Request Accommodations" section of the housing application contract.

Drugs and Narcotics

Fast Facts on Adderral, Alcohol and Marijauna

Adderall

  • Known as the “study drug,”
  • A central nervous system stimulant that is prescribed to treat ADHD, severe depression, and sleep disorders
  • Some people report experiencing an increase in motivation, focus and concentration, and having a feeling of euphoria
  • 1 in 5 students report using Adderall without an ADHD diagnosis  (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • When students without ADHD abuse Adderall they can become dependent on it
    • Side effects: Low blood pressure, depression, headaches, irritability, dry mouth, rapid mood swings, loss of appetite, and insomnia
  • Defined as a prescription drug- schedule II classification in Minnesota
    • Charged with 4th degree felony for possession of any amount w/o prescription
    • 3 rd degree if caught with 5 or more pills w/o prescription (can indicate intent to sell which can increase charges depending on situation)

Adderall and Alcohol

  • May delay onset of symptoms of intoxication so users may drink more
  • Coma or death can occur with little to no warning due to the delayed and diminished effect of both alcohol and Adderall
  • Physical and emotional effects: irregular heart rhythms, intestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, extreme paranoia and psychosis, spasms, migraine, delayed motor skills, kidney disease

Marijuana

  • 2nd most used drug among college students next to alcohol
  • Stimulates neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain activating the pleasure centers giving the feeling of being “high”
    • The THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol – active ingredient) also combines with other receptors so it impacts additonal cognitive functions such as memory, concentration, thought, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movements
  • Users can get “amotivational syndrome” where they become less motivated in day-to-day life as well as in their long-term goals; people stop caring about social situations and activities as well
  • Charges for marijuana differ upon intent to sell vs. possession
  • Possession:
    • First-degree felony (worst): 100 kilos (220 lbs.)
    • Second degree felony: 50 kilos (110 lbs.)
    • Third degree felony: 10 kilos (22lbs)
    • Fifth degree felony: 1.5 ounces or more
    • Petty Misdemeanor:  1.5 ounces or less – fine up to $200 and attendance at a drug education program

Marijuana and Alcohol

  • Can react in different ways
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Paranoia, panic, anxiety
    • Increase the possibility of vulnerable people to experience psychotic symptoms
  • Evidence suggests alcohol increases the speed at which THC is absorbed causing stronger effects
    • Can cause “greening out” – feeling sick after smoking; symptoms include pale, sweaty skin, dizziness, nausea, vomiting

Marijuana and Adderall

  • Can have a cancelling effect on one another
    • The stimulant of the Adderall is not felt as strongly because of the depressive effects of marijuana
  • Can increase heart rate to dangerous levels
  • Increases anxiety and paranoia

 

Works Cited

Adderall and Marijuana Abuse. (n.d.). Retrieved December 10, 2014, from http://www.medhelp.org/posts/ADD---ADHD/Adderall-and-Marijuana-Abuse/show/1473194

Adderall and Alcohol / Food Interactions - Drugs.com. (n.d.). Retrieved December 10, 2014, from http://www.drugs.com/food-interactions/amphetamine-dextroamphetamine,adderall.html

Learn About Marijuana: Factsheets: Alcohol and Marijuana. (n.d.). Retrieved December 10, 2014, from http://learnaboutmarijuanawa.org/factsheets/alcohol.htm

Mixing Alcohol and Amphetamines. (n.d.). Retrieved December 10, 2014, from http://www.bhpalmbeach.com/program/focus/mixing-alcohol-and-amphetamines

 

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