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Including Hazing Prevention in Substance Misuse Prevention Efforts

Susie Bruce, M.Ed., is Director of the University of Virginia’s Gordie Center, which works to end hazing and substance misuse among college and high school students nationwide through evidence-informed, student-tested resources. In this article, repurposed for Alcohol Awareness Month, she highlights hazing statistics, refutes misconceptions, and provides prevention professionals with a roadmap for how to incorporate awareness of the practice into prevention programs.


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White House Challenge to Save Lives from Overdose

America’s overdose crisis impacts all of us. Families in small towns, large cities, Tribal lands, and every community in between are affected, no matter who they are, what they look like, or how much money they make. That’s why President Biden named beating the opioid and overdose crisis a key pillar of his Unity Agenda during his first State of the Union Address.


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A Significant Number of US 12th-Graders Report Using Delta-8 Products, Study Says, and It May Be a Public Health Concern

High school seniors’ use of delta-8, a cannabis compound that’s sometimes marketed as “light THC” or a legal alternative to weed, is “appreciable,” according to a new study, particularly in states that don’t have a legal weed option for adults.


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Benefits of Conducting a Biennial Review

Dr. Eric Davidson currently serves as Executive Director for Health and Counseling Services at Eastern Illinois University. In this month's article, he outlines the characteristics of a thorough and rigorous biennial review of campus substance misuse prevention programs, as well as the advantages of conducting one.


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DEA Issues Letter to E-Commerce Companies on the Sale of Pill Presses Used to Make Fentanyl Pills

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a letter Tuesday to e-commerce companies regarding the sale of pill presses. As regulated entities under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), e-commerce platforms are generally required to comply with CSA recordkeeping, identification, and reporting requirements on the distribution, importation, and exportation of pill press machines.


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For the Culture: The Role of Family, Faith, and Cultural Competence in Prevention at HBCUs in Louisiana

Dr. Allison M. Smith serves as the Assistant Commissioner for Student Health and Wellness for the Louisiana Board of Regents. For Black History Month's article, she discusses why Black students at HBCUs tend to use substances less.


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Student-Athletes Report Drop in Binge Drinking, Use of Narcotic Pain Medication and Spit Tobacco

More than 23,000 student-athletes from all three divisions participated in the NCAA study.


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Student-Produced Substance Misuse Video Wins National Recognition

Centre College student Ethan Banzon's video won second place in the national Red Ribbon Week PSA contest.


Red Ribbon Campus Video PSA Contest Winners 2023

Congratulations, 2023 Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the University of Northern Colorado, Centre College, and West Chester University for winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place, respectively, in the Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest, cosponsored by DEA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


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Student-Athletes Report Drop in Binge Drinking, Use of Narcotic Pain Medication and Spit Tobacco

More than 23,000 from all 3 divisions participated in the NCAA study.