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Professionals talk with college students - Coming Attractions!

Rich Lucey is a senior prevention program manager in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section. In this month's article, Rich highlights new initiatives of DEA's Campus Drug Prevention, including a weekly webinar series on professional competencies, new Prevention with Purpose publications, and the One Pill Can Kill awareness campaign.


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Medical, Recreational Marijuana Legalization Associated With Higher Rates of Youth Suicide, Study Shows

Female youth aged 12 to 24 and youth of both sexes aged 14 to 16 living in states with legalized medical marijuana or recreational marijuana between 2000 and 2019 had higher rates of death by suicide than youth in states with no such laws, according to a report in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


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Study: Link Between Cannabis Use Disorder and Schizophrenia Highest Among Young Men

Young men with cannabis use disorder (CUD) are at an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, a new study has found. Researchers estimated that up to 30% of cases of schizophrenia among men aged 21-30 might have been prevented if CUD had been averted.



‘Smart Drugs’ Underdeliver and Can Bring Trouble

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you … smarter? 


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Universities Require a Sustainable Structure and Evaluation Plan to Address Substance Misuse on Campus

Julie Edwards is Director of the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell University. In this month's article, Julie walks prevention professionals through the elements of a sustainable structure to combating drug misuse, as well as the ingredients for an effective evaluation plan.


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People Who Are Gay, Lesbian or Bi Have More Mental Health and Substance Use Problems, Survey Finds

Despite increasing acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community, at least in some circles, adults who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual are more likely than those who identify as straight to have serious thoughts of suicide and mental health conditions including major depressive episodes, and they are more likely to misuse substances like alcohol or drugs, according to a new US government report.



Young Adults' Use of Hallucinogens Like Mushrooms, PCP Doubled in a Few Years: Study

Young American adults have doubled their use of non-LSD hallucinogens in just a few years, a new report warns.


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The Chemistry of Drug Abuse

The harsh reality of drug usage among high school students is staggering.


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Parenting Tips Can Reduce Substance Use in First-Year College Students

A handbook designed to help parents advise their young adult children leaving for their first year of college has been shown to increase family connections and moderate risky behaviors like drug and alcohol use, according to research by Washington State University and the University of Washington.


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Drug & Alcohol Use Prevention: Video Series

Parents and educators will find this short video series -- a partnership between the University of Virginia's Gordie Center and Region Ten Community Services Board -- helpful in identifying the risks of youth drug and alcohol use.