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CSU, Chico Hosts OxyContin Overdose Survivor, Drug Misuse Prevention Advocate for the 4th Annual Prescription Drug Awareness Week

Date: 04-11-2017

Michele Chandler
Public Affairs
Trisha Seastrom
Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center

Former California State University, Chico student Aaron Rubin, who is now a drug misuse prevention advocate after surviving a prescription drug overdose in 2005, will appear on Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at Zingg Recital Hall on the University campus as part of Prescription Drug Awareness Week.

The campaign—now in its fourth year and sponsored by CSU, Chico’s Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC)—is held to inform the campus community about the realities of prescription drug misuse and present solutions.

“We want to raise awareness amongst our students of the dangers of misusing prescription drugs and, hopefully, contribute to decreasing the numbers in which they actually misuse prescription drugs,” said CADEC Program Manager Trisha Seastrom about the week’s events.

A survey of CSU, Chico students conducted by the Student Health Services Unit last year found that while misuse of prescription drugs is relatively low among students, it does exist. The survey showed that 90.2% of University students have not used painkillers that were not prescribed for them, while 97.5% are not using antidepressants that were not prescribed for them.

Rubin will be joined by his mother, Sherrie Rubin, who will share the story of her son’s overdose on painkiller OxyContin. Following her son’s near fatal ordeal, Sherrie Rubin founded the Hope2gether Foundation to bring attention to the problem.

“That’s what the Aaron Rubin event is all about—trying to avoid further tragedies and also help prevent young people from developing a substance use disorder, which can happen quite easily, particularly with opioids,” Seastrom said.

During the April 13 event, two of Aaron Rubin’s friends who are CSU, Chico alumni will recount their own experiences of overcoming substance use disorders.

CADEC will also hold several other campus events this week to detail the extent of alcohol and drug misuse in society, as well as highlight strategies to stem what Seastrom called “a public health epidemic.”

Other events include Rock ’n’ Roll Recovery, a free, late night gathering that will take place in The Hub, a common space at University Housing, on Friday, April 14 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For questions about CSU, Chico’s Prescription Drug Awareness Week, please call Seastrom at 530-898-6450 or refer to CADEC’s Facebook page.

People with questions regarding accessibility at any of these events can contact the University’s Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.

Founded in 1988, theCSU, Chico Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Centerofferseducational programs and services that raise awareness on campus about alcohol and drug misuse. CADEC has trained more than 4,000 students in bystander intervention techniques to identify and help people struggling with drug or alcohol through its Wildcat Reach Out and Respond (ROAR) program.