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Nebraska Methodist College students play it safe when it comes to substance use.

Students at Nebraska Methodist College are healthcare professionals in the making, and they understand the importance of making their health and safety a priority by choosing not to drink at all or by drinking responsibly when they do.

Making lasting friendships and socializing is an important part of the college experience, which is why Nebraska Methodist College students participate in a variety of campus activities including drive-in movies, an annual dodgeball tournament and self-defense classes.

Because alcohol can often negatively impact students, their relationships and their academic studies, high risk drinking behaviors are unpopular among Nebraska Methodist College students.

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Nebraska Methodist College Students and Alcohol

NMC students understand the importance of being safe, especially when alcohol is involved. According to the Nebraska Assessment of College Health Behaviors 2020 Survey, 17% of Nebraska students said they abstain from alcohol. Of those who abstain from alcohol, 73% of students said they choose not to drink so they don’t have to worry about negative consequences.
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96%

Of first-year NMC students say they disapprove of driving after drinking.
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91%

Of first-year NMC students don’t ride with someone who has been drinking.
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90%

Of first-year NMC students don’t drink to the point of blacking out.
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95%

Of first-year NMC students disapprove of drinking to the point of blacking out.

Nebraska Methodist College Students and Marijuana

Marijuana use among NMC students remains low according to the Nebraska Collegiate Prevention Alliance's 2020 statewide survey of college students. Marijuana remains classified as a Schedule 1 drug. Institutions of higher education are expected to continue to abide by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act by maintaining policies that prohibit marijuana possession, use or distribution by students, staff and faculty.

As future healthcare providers, NMC students will be required to follow healthcare facility policies prohibiting the use of controlled substances. Many healthcare facilities require testing for the presence of drugs including marijuana.

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92%

Of first-year NMC students haven’t used marijuana in the past year.
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85%

Of first-year NMC students don’t use marijuana.
It is a misconception that marijuana helps with anxiety and stress, according to NECPA. Marijuana can often exacerbate these feelings or trigger more serious mental health issues.

Effects of Marijuana

  • Those who regularly use marijuana can report negative symptoms for up to two weeks after they stop use.
  • Marijuana negatively impacts concentration and memory for up to one day after use.
  • Those who use cannabis 10 or more times before the age of 18 were twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
  • 30% of marijuana users will develop a use disorder and 9% will develop an addiction.

If you are struggling with managing your academic and personal responsibilities, anxiety, depression or have other mental health concerns, contact NMC Director of Student Counseling Services Kathy Dworak at (402) 354-7080 or kathy.dworak@methodistcollege.edu.

For information, visit the Nebraska Collegiate Prevention Alliance.

This project is funded by grant #T1010034-17, the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant ($29,663) from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Center of Substance Abuse Treatment and Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare.