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Alcorn Substance Abuse Prevention Program (ASAPP)

Alcorn Substance Abuse Prevention Program is designed to decrease the problems associated with ATOD (alcohol, tobacco & other drugs) use and abuse at Alcorn State University. It targets collegiate students throughout the campus with both evidence-based and non-evidence-based programming.

The ASAP program uses several strategies as required by the Center of Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) in delivery of Prevention Services.

  • Information Dissemination (Brochures & Flyers)
  • Affective Education Programs
  • Alternative Programs
  • Problem/Identification & Referral
  • Community-based process (Community Development)
  • Environmental Programs

The program is ultimately designed to deter the onset of problematic behavior, including ATOD use and abuse. ASAPP provides outreach to students (college and adult) through classroom settings, educational/informative programs, including classroom instruction, health fairs, seminars; distribution of literature on ATOD and decision-making skills.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use improves quality of life, academic performance and workplace productivity; reduces crime and criminal justice expenses; reduces motor vehicle crashes and fatalities; and lowers health care costs for acute and chronic conditions. Excessive alcohol use includes binge drinking (five or more drinks during a single occasion for men, four or more drinks during a single occasion for women), underage drinking, drinking while pregnant, and alcohol impaired driving. Drug abuse includes any inappropriate use of pharmaceuticals (both prescription and over-the-counter drugs) and any use of
illicit drugs. Alcohol and other drug use can impede judgment and lead to harmful risk-taking behavior.[1]

As a student/employee, the impact of drug and alcohol abuse focuses on four major issues:

  • Premature death/fatal accidents
  • Injuries/accident rates
  • Absenteeism/extra sick leave
  • Loss of production

Additional problem areas can include:

  • Tardiness/sleeping at work or in class
  • Theft
  • Poor decision making
  • Loss of efficiency
  • Increased likelihood of having trouble with co-workers/supervisors/teachers or tasks
  • Higher turnover/Withdrawal from the University
  • Disciplinary procedures

[1] Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/initiatives/prevention/strategy/preventing-drug-abuse-excessive-alcohol-use.html

Drug & Alcohol Health Related Risks

Students who engage in risky drinking may experience blackouts (i.e., memory loss during periods of heavy drinking); fatal and nonfatal injuries, including falls, drowning, and automobile crashes; illnesses; missed classes; unprotected sex that could lead to a sexually transmitted disease or an unwanted pregnancy; falling grades and academic failure; an arrest record; accidental death; and death by suicide. In addition, college students who drink to excess may miss opportunities to participate in the social, athletic, and cultural activities that are part of college life. [2]

Employees with alcohol and substance misuse problems require ongoing health support. Not only does it contribute to a loss of productivity, it also causes tremendous costs related to absenteeism, work-related accidents, health care, and a loss of trained personnel. Drug and alcohol abuse causes physical and emotional dependence, which can make users develop cravings. Their bodies may respond in different ways that can cause harm to the individual. Alcohol and drug consumption, even in moderation, can cause changes in the body and behavior. It interferes with the brain’s communication routes, and can affect the way the brain works. These disruptions can alter mood and behavior, and make it difficult to think clearly and move with coordination. Drug and alcohol abuse, over a long time or in excess on a single occasion, can cause problems including:

  • Heart Issues (Myocardial Infarction, Cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmia)
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Severe Anxiety & Depression
  • Death

[2] High-Risk Drinking in College: What We Know and What We Need To Learn www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov

Drug & Alcohol Counseling and/or Treatment Resources

Marian Hill Chemical Dependency Center
1111 N. Frontage Road

Vicksburg, MS 39180

Phone (601) 883-3838 Fax (601) 883-3890

Warren-Yazoo Mental Health Services
3444 Wisconsin Ave.
Vicksburg, MS 39180

Phone (601) 638-0031 Fax (601) 638-4950

Southwest MS Mental Health Complex (Claiborne County)
2090 HWY 61

Box 624

Port Gibson, MS 39150
Phone (601) 437-8185 Fax (601) 437-4888

Southwest MS Mental Health Complex (Adams County)
200 South Wall St., Box 1442

Natchez, MS 39120
Phone (601) 446-6634 Fax (601) 446-6898

Jefferson County Mental Health Complex
1555 N. Main St., Box 369

Fayette, MS 39069

Phone (601) 786-8091 Fax (601) 786-8023

For more information and/or assistance on Drug and Alcohol Related Risks, please contact Alcorn Substance Abuse Prevention Program at (601) 877-6230