A half-way house in the “Morgan mile” helps recovering addicts

A half-way house in the “Morgan mile” helps recovering addicts

In a nice, quiet neighborhood, nestled between two apartment buildings and tucked behind a small shopping center, lies a special kind of home. This four-level residence comfortably fits 12 people, with rooms holding up to two or three beds each. But only women stay here. Nilsson House, a Morgan State University neighbor, is one of just a few certified and government-funded halfway houses for women who are recovering drug users in the city of Baltimore. Open to women of all ages, Nilsson is a safe haven for those seeking refuge from their battles with substance abuse. The setup provides long-term […]

by · December 12, 2012 · 1 comment · DRUGS ON CAMPUS, LOCAL NEWS, SPECIAL COVERAGE

Students at HBCUs smoke less marijuana than counterparts

Drug use among college-aged students has jumped from 20 percent in 2008 to 22 percent in 2010, according to a study conducted by the U.S.  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, with marijuana use among young adults aged 18 to 25 most responsible for the rise.  According to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, nearly one-third of all Americans have tried marijuana at some point in their lives.  But students at HBCUs use marijuana less than students at predominantly white institutions. The Higher Education Center’s 2008 study of 33,379 students found that 11 percent of […]

by · December 3, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · DRUGS ON CAMPUS, SPECIAL COVERAGE

Trapper of the Year

Watching the presidential race unfold keeps America guessing on where the country is headed. With jobs steadily declining, creative entrepreneurship is often needed to advance one’s finances. As a college student, it’s extremely difficult to balance school priorities and a job to support your daily needs. One Morgan State student suggests an easy alternative for those who can’t find work while attending school. “Sell bud [marijuana]. Best decision I’ve ever made,” said a Morgan student who declined to be named. “There’s money to be made on this campus. Transportation isn’t needed that much, if any. What more could you ask […]

by · December 3, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · DRUGS ON CAMPUS, SPECIAL COVERAGE

Reflecting on drugs and death at Morgan

Most of my Sundays are spent recuperating from eventful weekends and preparing for the following dreaded class week but this particular Sunday afternoon a few months ago was different. That day, 19-year-old Morgan State student Darian Hicks lost his life in the back seat of his car after a long night of partying with his friends throughout the city of Baltimore and allegedly over-dosing on the prescription pill, Xanax. His friends, who found his body that morning, and his family shed many tears in disbelief as they stared at the white body bag slowly being zipped up and carried into […]

by · December 3, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · DRUGS ON CAMPUS, PERSPECTIVES, SPECIAL COVERAGE

Drug Culture on Campus

Morgan’s Advanced Editing Class ReportsSupport for legalizing marijuana has grown from 46 percent in 2010 to 50 percent in 2011, according to a Gallup poll. The four percent boost may have tipped the scales toward legalization this month. In November’s election, two states legalized recreational marijuana usage for the first time. Both Colorado and Washington put the question to voters in a referendum and it won with 53 percent of the vote. The move to legalize the drug and activists’ efforts to decriminalize it (and de-clog the courts and jails) may push other states to follow suit. “The global war […]

by · December 3, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · DRUGS ON CAMPUS, SPECIAL COVERAGE