• Office of Alcohol & Drug Prevention Education

    The Office of Alcohol & Drug Prevention Education (AOD) offers a wide range of programs and services aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with heavy episodic drinking and substance use through prevention, education, intervention, policy development and coordination with treatment providers. The office of AOD collaborates with students, faculty and staff throughout the University to create a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program.

    The office of AOD views prevention and education from a Public Health perspective and provides opportunities for education, information and support on individual, group and community levels.

  • Health Risks

    Health Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and the Abuse of Alcohol is a prime contributor to suicide, homicide, motor vehicle deaths, and other unintended deaths. Excessive alcohol consumption leads to more than 54,000 deaths annually in the United States ( Alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol dependence, premature death through overdose, alcohol-related stroke, and complications involving the brain, heart, liver, and many other body organs. Alcohol abuse also causes liver disease, gastritis, and anemia, as well as cancers of the esophagus and larynx.

    Alcohol used in any amount by a pregnant woman can cause birth defects and permanent brain damage to the child. Drug use by a pregnant woman may cause addiction or health complications in her unborn child.

    Alcohol abuse interferes with psychological functions, causes interpersonal difficulties, and is involved in most cases of child abuse. Substance abuse disrupts work, reduces motivation, causes legal and financial problems, and social and family problems.

    The abuse of illicit drugs can result in a wide range of health problems. In general, illicit drug use can result in drug addiction, death by overdose, death from withdrawals, seizure, heart problems, infections (e.g., HIV/AIDS, hepatitis), liver disease, and chronic brain dysfunction.

    Commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (for pain), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (for anxiety and sleep disorders), and stimulants (for ADHD and narcolepsy). The use of prescription medications by anyone other than the prescribed individual is illegal and dangerous. Known health risks for inappropriate or illegal use are listed in the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Health Consequences of Drug Misuse.

    Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking results in more than 480,000 premature deaths in the United States each year – about 1 in every 5 U.S. deaths – and an additional 16 million people suffer with a serious illness caused by smoking. In fact, for very one person who dies from smoking, about 30 more suffer from at least one serious tobacco-related illness.

    Other problems associated with alcohol and drug use include the following psychological dysfunctions: dependency, memory loss, hallucinations, paranoia, and psychosis.

    For additional health risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse visit:

    For more information about health risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse contact Jennifer Quinn, Director of Alcohol & Drug Prevention Education at or 508-929-8243.

    Tobacco-Free Campus

    Tobacco-Free Campus

    Worcester State University is a tobacco-free campus the use of tobacco products of any kind, including any nicotine-delivery system, will not be permitted in or on WSU-owned or -leased property, including buildings, residence halls, grounds, community garden, athletic fields, walkways, parking lots, bus stops, and parked vehicles on campus grounds. (Nicotine replacement therapy is permitted.) This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, visitors, vendors, and contractors.


    Marijuana eCheckup To Go

    A personalize, evidence based online intervention and prevention program designed to reduce marijuana use among college students. It is designed to help motivate students to reduce their level of use using personalized information about their own behavior and risk factors.

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    BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students)

    BASICS is an evidence-based intervention program that helps students examine their own alcohol use. Students may self-refer or be referred through the student-conduct process.

    Screening for Mental Health

    This website includes additional anonymous brief screenings for alcohol and substance abuse.

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    Tobacco Cessation: Tobacco-Free Campus

    The Director of Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education, Jen Quinn is a certified tobacco treatment specialist and available to assist students in quitting.

    Training & Outreach

    Curriculum Infusion

    If any faculty would like to request an in class presentation on alcohol, marijuana or opioids please contact Jen Quinn for more information.

    Student Trainings

    If any students, RA’s or student leaders would like a presentation on alcohol, marijuana or opioids please contact Jen Quinn for more information.

    Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Task Force

    Mission Statement

    The Worcester State University Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Task Force was established in 2011 to provide guidance and oversight on issues related to alcohol and drugs on campus. The committee meets monthly to discuss AOD issues, evaluate current program efforts, review AOD policies and make recommendations concerning policy and outreach strategies. Its mission and responsibilities include:

    • Make recommendations about alcohol-related policies and procedures
    • Develop collaboration and advocacy among campus and community groups
    • Monitor campus climate
    • Evaluate prevention efforts
    • Support and participate in grant projects
    • Assist in gathering information for biennial review as required by Federal Law
    • Help maintain prevention as a priority concern on campus
    • Review enforcement of policy sanctions

    The group will accomplish these goals by:

    • Anaylzing data
    • Idenfity current challenges
    • Review policies
    • Promote protective factors
    • Identify goals and objectives

    Success of the task force requires many different strategies as well as commitment and collaboration between several departments and stakeholders.

    Task Force Members

    Campus community members of the AOD Task Force include:

    • Jen Quinn, Dir. of Title IX and Alcohol & Drug Prevention Education (Chair)
    • Kelly Downs, Coordinator of Student-Athlete Support Services
    • Dawn Eades, Associate Dean of Student Engagement
    • Josh Katz, Conduct Coordinator
    • Jeffrey LeBrun, Assistant Director, Information Technology Services
    • Matthew Mahota, University Police Officer
    • William Marrier, Captain, University Police
    • Jayne McGinn, Director, Financial Aid
    • Sean Morrow, Assistant Director, University Advancement
    • Laurie Murphy, Associate Dean for Health & Wellness, Dir. of Counseling
    • Kristen Nelson, Associate Director of Residence Life & Housing
    • Sarah Potrikus, Assistant Director, Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Development
    • Nancy Ramsdell, Director, Administrative Services
    PDF icon Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP) Spring 2022
    PDF icon Alcohol and Drug Emergency Transport/Amnesty Policy
    PDF icon Biennial Review 2019-2021
    PDF icon Message to Families: Alcohol and Drugs on Campus
    Link Icon Addiction Campuses
    Link Icon American Addiction Centers
    Link Icon Drug Abuse In College Students: Trends, Treatment Options, And Resources
    Link Icon New England Collegiate Recovery Collaborative
    Link Icon Addiction Group: Types of Rehab
    Link Icon Waste Medication Kiosk Locations
    Link Icon Recovering Champions, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program
    Link Icon Drug and Alcohol Detox Centers Directory
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    Office of Alcohol & Drug Prevention Education
    Student Center
    Office SC-338

    Jennifer Quinn
    Director of Title IX and Alcohol & Drug Prevention Education