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Opioid Prevention Campaign Kicks Off at Sonoma State

Trevor Leopold was a freshman at Sonoma State when he died of a fentanyl overdose in 2019. Trevor was battling with addiction, so what he thought was oxycodone, a pain medication, was instead a fentanyl counterfeit. At 18 years old, that unknowing decision cost him his life.


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California Senate Bill Aims to End Student Opioid Overdoses

In conjunction with the Jan. 1 California Senate Bill 367, which aims to end opioid overdoses at public colleges and universities in the state by requiring them to keep opioid reversal drugs on campus, the California Department of Public Health, or CDPH, has attempted to increase access to Naloxone, one such reversal drug.


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The APPLE Model: Substance Misuse Prevention Tailored for College Athletics and the Student-Athlete Experience

Susie Bruce, M.Ed., is Director of both the University of Virginia’s Gordie Center and the NCAA-funded APPLE Training Institutes. In this month's article, Susie outlines the APPLE Model for athletics-specific prevention, featuring seven prevention "slices".


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OSU Launches 'One Pill Can Kill' Campaign to Warn Oklahomans of Fentanyl Poisoning

Oklahoma State University is holding a statewide campaign to educate parents and young adults about fentanyl poisoning.


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Congratulations, Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the University of Mississippi, the University of Miami, and Oklahoma State 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.



New Legislation Requires Naloxone, Overdose Reversal Drug, in New York's Public College Dorms

New legislation signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul requires all SUNY and CUNY campuses to stock opioid antagonists, like naloxone, in student housing facilities. Better known by the brand name Narcan, the drug reverses the side-effects of an opioid overdose. With it, resident life staff at New York’s public colleges are getting trained to save lives.


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Stipends Available to Host Communities Talk Event

Lock in your SAMHSA stipend to host an event discussing alcohol and other drug misuse.


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The Fentanyl Epidemic: Experts Discuss Impact on College Students, UH Vaccine

Fentanyl, the dangerously potent opioid, has swept the nation over the past decade. The drug is roughly 50 times stronger than heroin and has led to a dramatic spike in overdose deaths in many cities. 


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Can Parents Help Prevent Risky Cannabis and Alcohol Use by College Students?

A $2.8 million NIH grant will fund a study of a parent-based intervention for students heading to college.



Lincoln University Takes Lead in Addressing Substance Misuse

On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) visited Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University, to highlight successes within their Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) initiative aimed to address substance misuse among students at higher education institutions.