According to the 2015 College Prescription Drug Survey , 1 in 4 undergraduate students have misused a prescription medication at some point in their lifetime. The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD) understands the need for addressing this issue and the resource constraints, in both time and money, that campuses face. To combat this, HECAOD developed ScreenU, a web-based screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) tool to identify students at-risk of experiencing negative consequences for prescription drug misuse and connect them with resources on their campus that can support their success.SBIRT is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It was designed using evidence-based practices. Students answer questions from a screening tool that identify behaviors that would be considered substance abuse and the level of risk of dependence on the drug. ScreenU takes only 5-10 minutes to complete.
Benefits of ScreenU
ScreenU was designed with the college student in mind and provides feedback and resources that address the unique challenges that they face. It can be used in a variety of settings and contributes to a comprehensive approach to prevention. In addition, ScreenU is:
- Based in research- based on the large body of research that supports SBIRT as an early intervention tool
- Cost effective- widespread implementation can be done with limited resources since it does not require an appointment or face to face feedback
- Personalized- with feedback specific to a person’s risk level and resources specific to the campus and surrounding community
- Brief- takes less than 10 minutes, making it easy to complete in many settings
- Flexible- Can be used in a variety of settings including student conduct, residence halls, student health services, or counseling centers.
- Meets students where they are- Can be completed on a smart phone, tablet, or computer
How can I do that?
Contact you local campus representative, student services coordinator or local anti-drug coaltion to see if they will help you put together a proposal to present to your university.