While many Mac students choose to abstain from substance use, the reality is that college is a time when students explore alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. To ensure a healthy and safe Mac community, our public health approach to addressing unhealthy and unsafe substance use encourages you to examine use patterns and norms in a judgement-free environment. The educational programs and resources below are intended to support those who choose to abstain and to reduce risky behaviors and potential harmful consequences for those that do choose to use.

Online Modules & Self-Assessment Tools

Prescription Drug Safety Online Course

Learn knowledge and skills to help keep you, your friends, and our Macalester community healthy and safe.  This online course is a great way to educate yourself about the risk associated with prescription medication abuse, and how to help prevent misuse and abuse from occurring.  This 30 minute course includes interactive scenarios and self-guided activities.

This Course Covers

– Opioids, stimulants, and depressants
– Proper prescription drug use, storage, and disposal
– Brain and body: the science of addiction
– Debunking common myths

Register for the Course
Registration code: a49e6899
Use you existing login credentials from the Everfi account created as an incoming first-year or create a new account with your Macalester email.  Contact broek@macalester.edu if you need assistance accessing the course.

Naloxone (Narcan) Map

Science Says: Your Mood & Substances

Dr. Rich Levine talks about what happens in your brain, chemically, when you feel depressed or anxious.  He explores how medicines, drugs, and alcohol may impact this.

First-Year Alcohol and Other Drugs Social Norms

Each summer before arriving on campus, incoming first-year students complete the AlcoholEdu for College online course.  This course empowers students to make thoughtful decisions and surveys incoming Mac students about their habits and values around alcohol and other drugs.  The data is anonymous and reflects the first-year class as a whole.

This campaign hopes to clear up misconceptions that first-years students may have about the Mac culture.

More data reported by Macalester first-years:

64% report that alcohol is not at all important to their social life.

84% report that cannabis is not at all important to their social life.

98% believe it is acceptable to come to college and choose not to drink alcohol.

81% believe it is unacceptable to pressure another person to drink alcohol.

Local Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous Local Meetings 

Narcotics Anonymous Local Meetings

North Star Problem Gambling Alliance

Tobacco-Free at Mac

Macalester is a tobacco-free campus.  This includes the use of electronic-cigarettes and any other smoking products. Visit Tobacco Free at Mac to access resources to help you quit, learn more about tobacco and vaping, and read Macalester’s tobacco-free policies. 

Interested in quitting: If you are a Minnesota resident, visit Quit Partner for free coaching, email and text support, and quit medication delivered by mail.

E-cigs and the Environment

The increasing use of e-cigarettes and vaping is both a public health concern and an environmental concern. E-cigs (vapes or Juul) contain lithium-ion batteries and heavy metals that require harmful mining and manufacturing practices. Tragically, they contribute to the estimated 99 billion pounds of hazardous e-waste discarded globally each year.  There is not a good, easy, reputable way to recycle/dispose of e-cigarette components, including Juul pods.  The only company we are familiar with that recycles e-cigs is a company called TerraCycle.