Urgent Drug & Alcohol Safety Message

May 5, 2022

This morning Columbus Public Health shared an alert about fake Adderall pills, which appear to contain fentanyl, causing an increase in overdoses and hospitalizations. As we approach a week and weekend of celebration, from end-of-year and graduation parties to the return of warmer weather, we want to urge you to consider safety as you celebrate. You can review a complete set of Party Smart recommendations online, and below are a few highlights:

  • While we strongly discourage any kind of drug misuse, if you, or someone you know, may choose to experiment with drugs: 
    • Be aware of the possibility of unexpected contaminates or how drugs may unsafely interact with alcohol. Contaminated drugs can result in a severe and unexpected reaction, including death, from only one use.  
    • Consider confidentially picking up a free Naloxone kit or fentanyl test strips; both are available at Student Health Services (1875 Millikin Road, Columbus OH 43210) during regular business hours
    • You should never purchase or use prescription medication that you do not receive from a qualified pharmacy, as these drugs could be “counterfeit”. 
    • If you have drugs in your possession that you would like to dispose of with no questions asked, there is a Drug Take Back Box at Student Health Services during regular office hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) for certain types of drugs. For more information, visit their website.   
  • Don’t drink alcohol or use drugs alone. 
  • Don’t take alcohol or drugs from someone you don’t know. 
  • Consider discussing your drug use with a counselor or Student Wellness Center staff member, including one from Ohio State’s Collegiate Recovery Community
  • Stick together with your friends and never walk alone. 
  • Pace yourself, drink plenty of water and eat food throughout the night if you are drinking alcohol. 
  • Make a plan to get home safely. 
  • 21 means 21, so drink responsibly. 
  • If anyone appears to be in distress in any way, call 9-1-1 immediately and don’t worry about getting in trouble. The university’s Student Code of Conduct includes an amnesty clause that is designed to encourage students to call for help when they, or anyone else, needs it.  
  • Students in need of emotional support are encourage to reach out to Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service.

For those of you who reside on or near our campuses, I understand that living in a vibrant community with many of your friends and other students is an exciting experience. Being a Buckeye can certainly be something you want to celebrate. And it’s also important that you plan ahead and educate yourself about safe, healthy, responsible and legal ways to have fun. And this includes looking out for yourself and your friends, and also being respectful of your neighbors and the community.

Stay safe, Buckeyes.

Melissa S. Shivers, PhD
Senior Vice President for Student Life
The Ohio State University