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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.

Few College Students Know How to Use Naloxone, Survey Shows rshimshock

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Less than 15% of surveyed U.S. college students knew how to use naloxone in the event of an overdose, according to results published in JAMA Pediatrics.

America’s Favorite, Weed, Comes with Big Health Risks rshimshock

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Psychosis is an increasing risk of today's strong marijuana.

Sigma Theta Tau Hosts Professional Development on Drug Diversion rshimshock

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The Penn College chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nurses, again hosted a professional development session on drug diversion in health care, led by Special Agent Alan McGill, of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, who provided insight on why and how health care workers have diverted drugs.

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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.

White House Challenge to Save Lives from Overdose rshimshock

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.