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Marijuana use at historic high among college-aged adults in 2020

(National Institute on Drug Abuse, September 8) Marijuana use continued to rise among college students over the past five years and remained at historically high levels among same-aged peers who are not in college in 2020, according to survey results from the 2020 Monitoring the Future (MTF) panel study.

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Persistence in Prevention

CAPT Jeffrey Coady, Psy.D., Acting Director of Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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Students who misuse prescription drugs risk mental health, academic challenges, OSU study finds

(KTVZ, August 17) College students who misuse prescription stimulants or opioids often experience negative mental health and academic outcomes, even if they don’t use other illicit drugs, a recent Oregon State University study found.

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What Should You Do During a Drug Overdose?

Intentional or accidental overdoses can occur when someone you know takes too much of a drug — even if it's the first time taking the drug, and whether the drug is illicit, prescription, or over the counter. 

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Drinking among first-year college students decreases during pandemic

(University of North Carolina, August 3) First-year college students are reporting drinking less alcohol and having fewer episodes of binge drinking four months into the coronavirus pandemic than they were before the pandemic started, according to a study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Including Hazing Prevention in Substance Misuse Prevention Efforts

Although hazing has existed for hundreds of years, hazing researcher Hank Nuwer documented that “There wasn't a single [hazing] death from alcohol before 1940. Now, it's one of the most major.” Since January 2000, 100 individuals have lost their lives due to hazing activities in the U.S. Of those, 59 were related to substance use, most frequently, alcohol.

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Coming Soon: Our Twitter Chat with SAMHSA!

On July 14 at 2 p.m. ET, Campus Drug Prevention will be co-hosting a Twitter chat with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Communities Talk initiative on underage drinking and substance misuse prevention on college campuses.

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Relying on Key Tenets in Prevention

This past year, we navigated unprecedented challenges. We shifted programming online. We were pushed to be more creative and flexible.

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Colleges should prepare to deal with more student drinking and hazing this fall semester

(Inside Higher Ed, June 17) Sorority and, in particular, fraternity hazing and related hazardous drinking continue to be areas of significant concern for college administrators across the country. Some recent data point to a return to pre-pandemic levels, but more concerning is a continuing upward trend. In fact, a potential, if not likely, scenario is that alcohol use and hazing may substantially increase this fall semester.