Prevention with Purpose: A Resource for Preventing Substance Use Among Student-Athletes

Being a college athlete has its share of challenges. Injuries happen. An athlete may get less playing time than they were expecting. The stress of competing at a high level can become too much. If left unexamined, these experiences can all contribute to substance use. Campus-based prevention staff can play a significant role in ensuring that student-athletes do not turn to substance use when the going gets tough. Learn how in the latest supplement to Prevention with Purpose.

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Prevention Profiles: Take Five - Oliver Tacto

This month’s guest on Prevention Profiles: Take Five is Oliver Tacto, Ph.D., Dean of Student Wellness at Maryville University. During the interview, Dr. Tacto discusses how the work of inclusion intersects with preventing drug use, the university’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness and how they align with preventing drug use among the university’s students, how to ensure issues such as drug use, prescription drug misuse, and impaired driving do not get lost in overall wellness and well-being efforts, and more!

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Transition to College — What You Need to Know

You don’t want to miss this episode of SAMHSA's "Talk. They Hear You". Tips on talking to students about the importance of substance use prevention are shared by DEA Senior Prevention Program Manager Rich Lucey and Dr. Jason Kilmer of the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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NOW OPEN: NASPA Call for Proposals

NASPA’s Strategies Conference is scheduled for January 16-18, 2025, in Boston, Massachusetts. If you work in college student safety, health, and well-being, prevention professionals want to hear from you. Proposals are due August 6, 2024 for the pre-conference workshop and September 17, 2024 for the main program.

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Engaging Faculty in Supporting Student Well-Being

Jennifer Jacobsen, MA, MPH is the Executive Director of Health & Wellness at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In this month's article, she shares concrete steps faculty can take to support student well-being, as well as tips on how prevention professionals can make the effort interactive and immersive for all parties.

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'Prevention With Purpose' 2024 Edition Out Now

The Drug Enforcement Administration presents the 2024 edition of "Prevention with Purpose: A Strategic Planning Guide for Preventing Drug Misuse Among College Students". In this 2024 edition of the guide – first published in 2020 – you will find updated data, profiles highlighting real-life stories from campus prevention professionals focused on a unique or innovative approach to the Strategic Prevention Framework, ideas for building considerations of cultural factors into each step of the SPF, and five strategies for success during times of disruption to campus life.

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Campuses Promote DEA's One Pill Can Kill Campaign

Schools across the nation have started to rally around the effort to educate their campuses and local communities about the issue. Is your school using ‘One Pill Can Kill’ materials to get the word out about counterfeit pills? If so, let us know!

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