PHE educates on sex and drugs

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On Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Physical Health Education (PHE) offered students free mocktails, candy and information on sex and drugs in the Wedge Lounge.

PHE worked with Cardinal Radio, which provided and set up the video game Guitar Hero, and the clothing company Open Discussion Apparel, which talked about the danger of drug overdose fatalities, for the event.

Cierra Hessbrook, the PHE wellness coordinator and an exercise science senior, said that PHE came up with the event name, “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll,” and then started planning the event around it.

“After we thought of the name, we spent a lot of time brainstorming how we could adapt our education into a program that encompasses both the topics of being sexually responsible and drug use,” she said.

Hessbrook and PHE designed the event to help students make decisions about using illicit substances and having sex.

“The main purpose of this event (was) to provide information regarding substance use, sex, consent and the combination of the three,” she said. “We want students to be informed about their decisions and the consequences they may come with in order to make safe choices.”

Hessbrook said planning the event was “a long process filled with a lot of research about sexual activity and drug use.” PHE used the research to discuss the “downfalls of having sex while under the influence of certain drugs.” Several PHE members were present at the event to answer any questions related to these topics.

Open Discussion Apparel discussed overdose fatalities and what students can do to get Narcan, a drug used for overdoses, into Michigan schools and other places where the drug would be useful.

“(Open Discussion Apparel) is a socially conscience apparel brand built around the opioid crisis,” said Nick Kastros, a representative for the brand. “A portion of the proceeds for each one of the shirts we sell goes to donate Narcan to schools.”

Hessbrook hopes students learned about mixing sex, drugs and consent.

“Attendees should (have left) the event with an understanding that consent for sex cannot be given under the in influence of drugs or alcohol,” she said. “Along with this, students should (have left) the event with information about the effects of certain drugs.”

Many students, such as pre-medicine freshman Annabelle Midcalf and pre-OT Larisa Salisbury, enjoyed the “blunt-rolling” station.

“We rolled blunts with Gushers and Fruit Roll-Ups,” Midcalf said. “The most interesting thing that I found is that one Juul pod contains as much nicotine as one pack of cigarettes.”

Salisbury said she “learned some interesting facts” at the event.

“I learned facts about sexual assault on campus, and I think that’s an important issue that students should be aware of, so I’m really glad I had this opportunity,” she said.

PHE will be hosting several other events this semester. They will have their second annual blood drive on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28, and they will hold a relaxation night for finals week on Friday, Dec. 7.

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