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EDUCATION & 

OUTREACH

GOOD NEWS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS.

2021-2022 Smart Rx University

College Student Mini-Grant Application

College Students

By the time children reach college, sharing and misusing prescription drugs has become normalized. However, opioids aren’t the only problem. Almost 16% of college students say they misuse prescription stimulants according to the 2018 Prescription Drug Study led by researchers at The Ohio State University. “A majority of students who misuse prescription drugs—including 79% of stimulate users, 59% of sedative users, and 51% of pain medication users—said they obtained the drugs from friends.”

 

Other key findings suggest the following about both undergraduate and graduate students in the United States:

  • 28% said it’s easy to obtain prescription stimulants on campus, which students often use to study or improve grades

  • 20% said it’s somewhat or very easy to obtain sedatives, which students use most for sleep or anxiety

  • 16% said it’s somewhat or very easy to obtain pain medication, which students use to get high or relieve pain

  • Only 8% keep their prescription drugs in a locked space

WV DII, with support from the Maier Foundation and collaboration with the Southern WV Collegiate Recovery Program and the WV Higher Education Policy Commission, is working to bring SmartRxTM University to all public and private 2 and 4-year campuses in West Virginia by 2022. College students will be trained to deliver the program on their campuses and serve as SmartRxTM Ambassadors for the state of West Virginia.

SmartRx© University Outreach Mini-Grant Opportunity 

Attention Student Organizations! Are you passionate about student safety and wellness? Could your organization use an extra $250 to $500 for outreach and activities? Apply for the SmartRx University Mini-Grant! 

Other key findings suggest the following about both undergraduate and graduate students in the United States:

  • 28% said it’s easy to obtain prescription stimulants on campus, which students often use to study or improve grades

  • 20% said it’s somewhat or very easy to obtain sedatives, which students use most for sleep or anxiety

  • 16% said it’s somewhat or very easy to obtain pain medication, which students use to get high or relieve pain

  • Only 8% keep their prescription drugs in a locked space

 The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII) in collaboration with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) is proud to provide a mini-grant opportunity to qualifying organizations at any West Virginia college or university for implementing the SmartRx© University1 medication safety and responsibility program. SmartRx University (SmartRxU) is an educational program that provides college students with important information regarding medication safety and responsibility, statistics on the rates of misuse among college students, as well as the physical, social, and legal consequences of prescription drug misuse. The goal of the program is to reduce prescription misuse by college students in West Virginia and to reduce the likelihood of addiction, overall. 

Organizations that choose to apply and implement this program must have at least 5 members that agree to become certified as SmartRx University Trainers and deliver the SmartRx University Student Program on their campus. 

A qualifying organization may include any recognized student organization or any Greek life organizations at a higher education institute in West Virginia. Please note, your organization must complete all the requirements in order to receive the mini-grant. 

More information can be found using the links below: