Change the Stigma Conference

Health professions majors from campuses throughout West Virginia and the United States are invited to join more than 100 University of Charleston students pursuing degrees in the pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, and health promotions on Saturday, March 27, 2021, during an online conference to address negative perceptions surrounding opioid addiction within the healthcare profession

Register for the conference, click here! 

Program and Agenda (PDF)

Spring Prevention Conference

Collegiate Partnerships for Success Spring Conference

April 2nd, 8:30 am-4 pm

This conference is for anyone interested in prevention for young adults and features two keynotes and a choice of six breakout sessions.

Download the conference flyer (PDF)

Register for the conference, click here! 

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.


West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute, Inc. is an independent 501(C)(3) entity with a primary focus of reducing drug deaths in West Virginia through charitable, educational, and service activities.  


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