Polysubstance Use: Mixing Depressants

Depressants Depressants (aka downers) slows down the central nervous system and decreases the breathing rate. Examples: opioids (prescription opioids, heroin, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl), benzodiazepines, alcohol Mixing Depressants Combining depressants can also directly or indirectly increase your risk of accidents or injuries, impaired judgement or coordination, nausea/vomiting, blackouts or memory loss, damage to the brain […]

Polysubstance Use: Mixing Stimulants

Stimulants Stimulants (aka “uppers”) can increase your heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels and increase your risk of several serious health problems. Examples: ecstasy (MDMA), cocaine, methamphetamines, amphetamines (speed) Mixing Stimulants Combining stimulants may even directly or indirectly increase your rise of brain injury, liver damage, heart attack, stroke. It also increases the […]

Naloxone (Narcan) Kits available across campus

Orange and black sign with text stating "Naloxone Opioid Overdose Emergency Kit" above a defibrillator case on a white wall.

Naloxone, also commonly known as Narcan, kits are now available across campus in designated defibrillator cases. Naloxone is an FDA approved medicine used to quickly reverse an opioid overdose. It should be used as soon as possible to treat a known or suspected overdose. Once naloxone has been administered, the individual must receive emergency medical care immediately. […]

Collegiate Recovery Week: April 15th-19th

April 15 through the 19th, 2024 has been named “Collegiate Recovery Week” by the Association of Recover in Higer Education (ARHE). This week supports events in the collegiate community that aim to “celebrate the joys of recovery, share stories [of recovery], and uplift one another through community,”. College students have been shown to have higher […]

Check out our new page!

Updates for Campus As of January 1, 2024, Kalamazoo College has gone smoke- and tobacco-free. (You can see the full policy here: Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy) Resources Learn about the effects of smoking and the use of tobacco or nicotine, and some helpful cessation resources on our new page:

The results are in… Wellness Survey ’23

In May of 2023, First-years, Sophomores, and Juniors were asked to participate in the Wellness Survey, a brief survey asking about alcohol consumption, protective behaviors, and the perception of the campus in relation to alcohol use. Overall, 80% of participants reported consuming some amount of alcohol at some point in their life. 75% of participants […]

We hope you had a “smashing” good time!

We are thankful for all of you who attended and helped make it such a smashing success (pun intended!). It was a night of release of stress, and frustration but also of laughter, and joy. Thank you to all who donated pumpkins! Your donation created a lot of fun and supported composting efforts on-campus and […]

We’re collecting pumpkins!

a gathering of small pumpkins

Have pumpkins getting old outside your living space? Don’t want them taking up room on your front step after the trick or treaters have passed? Consider donating your pumpkins to the Pumpkin Smash on November 3rd. This event provides a space for students to express anger, frustration, stress, or just have fun destroying pumpkins. We’ll […]

Students Turning 21! Check your mailboxes

Matte Orange, Metallic Orange, and Black ballons

If you are a student turning 21 this academic year, check your school mailbox around the time of your birthday for a special gift! As always, do what’s best for you! Be safe, and participate in some protective behaviors if you chose to consume alcohol.

Narcan Training

Join the Student Health Center and Cope Network on Tuesday, May 9th from 7 to 9 p.m. for an opportunity to learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. Everyone attending receives a free naloxone kit.​ ​This free class will provide participants with: Information on the current overdose crisis Understanding of how addiction affects […]