Drug use and abuse is part of the college environment for many students here at Middlebury and across the country, whether the substance in question is over-the-counter, prescription, or illicit. Health and Wellness Education's information on drugs is not intended to make value judgments. Instead the goal is to provide students with the information necessary for informed decision making to promote, to the highest degree possible, safe consumption and an awareness of the possible wellness risks associated with excessive or illegal drug use.
A note on prescription drugs:
When taken correctly, prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines can go a long way to help relieve symptoms, fight certain infections and even improve the functioning and quality of life of those with common chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes or depression. But, when they are misused or taken without a prescription, the consequences can be devastating and even deadly. Prescription drugs are only safe to use at the dose they’ve been prescribed for you by a doctor who knows your health history