La Salle University Offering Educational Programs for National Drug Facts Week 2014
La Salle University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Education Center (AODEC) and Peer Educators have organized a number of events to coincide with the National Institute of Drug Abuse’s “National Drug Facts Week 2014: Shatter the Myths” campaign, which is running nationwide from Jan. 27 to 30.
At La Salle, the event seeks to raise awareness about recent trends nationally and locally in the nonmedical use of prescription pain medication, as well as the availability and usage of illicit substances, such as MDMA (known as Molly) and heroin.
“It is imperative that members of the La Salle community be aware of the extent to which these substances are accessible and used, the dangers associated with such usage, and how to intervene if they know someone who is using,” said Kate Ward-Gaus, Director of the AODEC.
The three-day event will feature daily updates of information (facts, data, and resources) on the AODEC Web site and Facebook page. A panel discussion, “The Scope of Drug Abuse in Philadelphia: How it Affects La Salle University and What You Can Do About It,” will also be held on Jan. 30from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.in La Salle’s Dan Rodden Theatre. The panelists include: Don Sapatkin, reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer; David G. Dongilli, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration; Capt. Tom Davidson of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Narcotics Squad; Zach Belmont, La Salle alumnus and staff member at Malvern Institute; and Gregg B. Wolfe, founder of Squash the Secret.
In addition, Peer Educators will have tables set up in the lobby of the Union with information on:
- The self-reported use of the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST), with details about how to schedule a confidential follow-up with staff from the AODEC to discuss the findings;
- The use of “Exploring Your Questions About Other Drugs” boxes to collect questions from members of the campus community, which will be asked at the Jan. 30 panel discussion; and
- University resources and area treatment providers.