OCU Receives Grant from ICAN to Address Substance Abuse on Campus

Oakland City University is one of five campuses in the state of Indiana to be awarded a grant from the Indiana Collegiate Action Network (ICAN) to address substance abuse.

Campuses Confront Student Substance Use

Indianapolis, IN – With students back on campuses all across Indiana, attention it turning not only to academics but also to the health and safety of students. A 2016 survey, conducted by the Indiana Collegiate Action Network, shows that over half of the underage students who responded reported drinking alcohol. Nearly 20% of students reported using marijuana and 13% reported tobacco use. More than 5% of students reported misusing prescription drugs. Over one-third of the surveyed students reported binge drinking.

With support from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, the Indiana Collegiate Action Network (ICAN) has awarded $40,000 in funding to five campuses and one campus/community coalition to address substance use on campus: Allen County Drug and Alcohol Consortium, Manchester University, Oakland City University, Purdue University, Trine University, and Valparaiso University.

Each campus will address substance use through evidence based programs and initiatives, joining with others on their campus and in the community. “The drinking culture has changed – students are drinking more alcohol on one occasion and liquor has now replaced beer as the alcoholic beverage of choice. Alcohol is available and accessible, as are other drugs, and we can’t tackle these problems using the same strategies that were used a few years ago.”, said Lisa Hutcheson, Director of ICAN. “These grants will help campuses tailor their strategies to meet the needs of their students.”

The Indiana Collegiate Action Network is a network of campuses across Indiana addressing substance use through education, advocacy, and evidence based programs and policies. ICAN is a program of the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking.

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