Our Mission

Through health education and promotion, Miner Wellness strengthens the well-being of S&T students by reinforcing healthy habits of the majority and reducing the impact of high-risk behavior.

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MINER WELLNESS STAFF

Jessica Gargus, M.Ed, CHES

Director

Chelsea George

Wellness Coordinator

Laura Woods-Buchanan

Wellness Coordinator

Brett Hartley

Wellness Coordinator

Kelly Thornborrow

Wellness Coordinator

Brittney Meyer

Office Support Assistant III

Student Workers

Abby Sybert

Student Worker

Annual Notification and Compliance

As a requirement of the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989, Missouri University of Science and Technology must disseminate and ensure receipt of the below policies and information to all students, staff, and faculty on an annual basis. This information also resides on this webpage for public access.

Drug usage of any kind may affect and cause potential harm to the user. Drug usage may impact academic performance, work environment, safety, health, and general well-being. Listed below are some common health risks of drug usage. Please note this is not a comprehensive list of all possible side effects, for more information please visit: www.drugabuse.gov/ 

Depressants

Depressants slow down the central nervous system which slow the operations of the brain and body. Short term effects include slow brain function, slurred speech, disorientation, lack of coordination. Long-term use of depressants can produce addiction, depression, chronic fatigue, breathing difficulties, sexual problems, and sleep problems. High doses may cause coma or death. Some examples of depressants include: Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Rohypnol, and Ambien.

            Alcohol

            Alcohol is a type of depressant which slows down the brain and results in an impaired cognitive state. Short term effects of alcohol usage include hangover and alcohol poisoning, as well as falls and accidents, conflict, lowered inhibitions, and risky behaviors. Long term, excessive use can lead to development of chronic disease such as high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, cancer, or stroke.

            Cannabis

            Cannabis is often described as a depressant with stimulant and hallucinogenic qualities. Short term effects include altered senses, changes in mood, impaired body movement, difficulty problem solving and impaired memory. Long term effects include breathing issues, increased heart rate, impacts on brain development and Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome what causes the user to cycle severe nausea, vomiting and dehydration.

Stimulants

            Stimulants speed up the body’s systems. Short term effects include rapid or irregular heartbeat, increased respiration, and paranoia. Long term effects include addiction, cardiovascular system damage including heart attack, brain damage, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, psychosis. Some examples of stimulants include: Adderall, Ritalin, cocaine, methamphetamine and Dexedrine.

            Nicotine

                        Nicotine is a type of stimulant that commonly comes in the form of cigarettes, vape juice, chewing tobacco, and cigars. Short term effects include lingering smoke smell, increased heart rate, coughing and shortness of breath. Long term effects include addiction, lung disease, heart disease, cancer, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Hallucinogens

            Hallucinogens are a diverse group of drugs that alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings as well as their own thoughts and feelings. Short term effects include nausea, increased blood pressure, breathing rate or body temperature, uncoordinated movements, numbness, disorientation, and excessive sweating. Long Term effects include persistent psychosis, Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HHPD), anxiety and memory loss. Some examples of hallucinogens include: LSD, psilocybin, peyote and DMT

Dissociative Drugs

Dissociative drugs can produce visual and auditory distortions and a sense of floating and dissociation (feeling detached from reality) in users. Short term effects include numbness, disorientation, hallucinations, increase in blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, and body temperature. Long term effects include addiction, speech difficulties, memory loss, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. Some examples of dissociative drugs include: PCP, DXM, salvia, and ketamine

Opioids

Also known as “narcotics,” the term “narcotic” comes from the Greek word for “stupor” and originally referred to a variety of substances that dulled the senses and relieved pain. Short term effects include drowsiness, slowed breathing, nausea, and unconsciousness. Long term effects include addiction, insomnia, collapsed veins, increased risk of blood-borne illnesses with intravenous users and coma. Some examples of opioids include: heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, Vicodin and Codeine.

            Prescription Drug Abuse

            Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in a way not intended by the prescribing doctor. Prescription drug abuse or problematic use includes everything from taking a friend's prescription painkiller for your backache to snorting or injecting ground-up pills to get high. While prescription drug abuse can occur with any medication it often occurs with prescription pain medications that are commonly opioids, due to their high potential for addiction.

Inhalants

            Inhalants are volatile substances that produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled to induce a psychoactive, or mind-altering, effect. Short term effects include slurred speech, inability to coordinate movement, hostility, and suffocation. Long term effects include lack of coordination, damage to brain, heart, liver and kidneys, memory impairment, and death due to asphyxiation. Some examples of inhalants include: paint thinner, glue, household aerosol items and gases found in household products

Under this law, the person who seeks medical help and the person experiencing the medical emergency shall not be arrested, charged, prosecuted, convicted, or have property subject to civil asset forfeiture resulting from minor drug and alcohol violations, when acting in good faith. 

This law provides immunity from: possession of a controlled substance (RSMO 579.015); possession of drug paraphernalia (RSMO 579.074); possession of an imitation controlled substance (RSMO 579.078); keeping or maintaining a public nuisance (RSMO 579.105); sale of alcohol to a minor -- certain other persons (RSMO 311.310); misrepresentation of age by a minor to obtain liquor – use of an altered driver’s license, passport or I.D. cards (RSMO 311.320); purchase or possession of alcohol by a minor (RSMO 311.325); violation of a restraining order; or violation of probation or parole. This limited immunity does not offer protection from any other crimes (e.g., distribution of a controlled substance, manufacturing of drugs, active warrants).

Signs of an opioid overdose include unresponsive to voice or shaking, shallow breathing or gurgling sounds, pin-point pupils, Lips or fingernails turning blue/grey

Signs of alcohol poisoning include irregular or slow breathing, skin turning blue, low body temperature and seizures

If you suspect someone is overdosing or suffering from alcohol poisoning please call 9-1-1, your call could save a life.

For more information on this law please visit: https://health.mo.gov/safety/ems/more/pdf/good-samaritan-brochure.pdf

Miner Wellness:  573-341-4225, 203 Norwood Hall
Provides health education and promotion for students to strengthen well-being and reinforce healthy habits that reduce the impact of high-risk behavior. Miner Wellness provides several educational wellness brochures and other printed materials on a variety of wellness issues including alcohol and other drugs. Miner Wellness services include:

  • BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students) a structured program for any student who seeks to develop skills and to become more knowledgeable about reducing harmful consumption and negative consequences associated with high-risk alcohol consumption.
  • CASICS (Cannabis Screening Intervention for College Students) is designed for any student who seeks to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of marijuana using a harm-reduction approach.
  • Cessation Coaching and NRT (Nicotine replacement Therapy) provides one-on-one nicotine cessation coaching, a personalized quit plan, and over the counter NRT in the form of lozenges, patches and gum, free of charge.
  • American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking Group sessions offered at set dates throughout the year. The program features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking and each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. Because no single quit smoking plan is right for all smokers, the program presents a variety of evidence-based techniques for individuals to combine into their own plan to quit smoking. The clinic format also encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group.
  • Personal Use Assessments A list of personal assessments is available on the Miner Wellness website. Included are assessments for alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug use to help the user assess their behavior.
  • Deterra Bags Deterra bags are a drug deactivation system available free through Miner Wellness. One bag can neutralize up to 15 pills, 2oz of liquid or 2 nicotine patches.
  • STEP UP! for Safer Drinking a bystander intervention training designed to create a safe and healthy campus environment by teaching participants to recognize the risky behaviors associated with alcohol consumption along with the five decision-making step model, bystander strategies, intervention styles, and how to overcome barriers.
  • S&T Prevention Coalition is a network of campus and community partners who utilize S&T specific data to guide wellness initiatives that encourage positive choices among students and reduce the impact of high-risk behavior associated with alcohol and other drugs.


For a list of additional alcohol and drug related resources and programs, visit minerwellness.mst.edu.

 

UCARE Missouri S&T’s University Committee for Assistance, Response, and Evaluation (UCARE) was formed to address the need for greater communication and preparedness regarding students facing difficulty through prevention and intervention strategies. Members of the campus community are encouraged to make a UCARE referral when they are concerned about a student, regardless of how insignificant the concern may seem. Reports can be made at https://go.mst.edu/ucare-report

Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. This service is not for medical emergencies.

Local AA Meetings https://alcoholicsanonymous.com/aa-meetings/missouri/

Local NA Meetings https://alcoholicsanonymous.com/aa-meetings/missouri/

Local Al Anon Meetings https://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/find-an-al-anon-meeting/

American Lung Association Lung Helpline The Lung Helpline is staffed by nurses and respiratory therapists who help people with information and questions about the lungs, lung disease and lung health, as well as helping people quit tobacco. Services are free, and you can call by phone at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)

Phelps County Prescription Drug Take Back Site: Rolla Police Department, 1007 N. Elm Street, Rolla, MO 65401

Compass Health Substance Use Intervention Compass Health offers substance use intervention ranging from early, outpatient to residential services. More information is available by calling 844-853-8937

MoNetwork Based in St. Louis, offers hepatitis and HIV testing, naloxone distribution and overdose education, safe sex items, and syringe services.

Miner Wellness:  573-341-4225, 203 Norwood Hall
Provides health education and promotion for students to strengthen well-being and reinforce healthy habits that reduce the impact of high-risk behavior. Miner Wellness provides several educational wellness brochures and other printed materials on a variety of wellness issues including alcohol and other drugs.

  • Cessation Coaching and NRT (Nicotine replacement Therapy) provides one-on-one nicotine cessation coaching, a personalized quit plan, and over the counter NRT in the form of lozenges, patches, and gum, free of charge regardless of benefits status.
  • Deterra Bags Deterra bags are a drug deactivation system available free through Miner Wellness. One bag can neutralize up to 15 pills, 2oz of liquid or 2 nicotine patches.

Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. This service is not for medical emergencies.

Local AA Meetings https://alcoholicsanonymous.com/aa-meetings/missouri/

Local NA Meetings https://alcoholicsanonymous.com/aa-meetings/missouri/

Local Al Anon Meetings https://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/find-an-al-anon-meeting/

American Lung Association Lung Helpline The Lung Helpline is staffed by nurses and respiratory therapists who help people with information and questions about the lungs, lung disease and lung health, as well as helping people quit tobacco. Services are free, and you can call by phone at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)

Phelps County Prescription Drug Take Back Site: Rolla Police Department, 1007 N. Elm Street, Rolla, MO 65401

MoNetwork Based in St. Louis, offers hepatitis and HIV testing, naloxone distribution and overdose education, safe sex items, and syringe services.

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Miner Wellness

203 Norwood Hall, 320 W. 12th St., Rolla, MO, 65409
Phone: (573) 341-4225
Email: minerwellness@mst.edu

Operating Hours

Monday:8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday:8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday:8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday:8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday:8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed