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Penn State Students Cautioned on Brightly Colored 'Rainbow' Fentanyl

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Following a recent press release from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Penn State students are cautioned on the presence and dangers of brightly colored fentanyl known as “rainbow fentanyl.”


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DEA Warns Returning College Students to Be Wary of Potential Fentanyl-Laced Pills

With classes resuming at colleges and universities, the Drug Enforcement Administration is imploring students and administrators to be wary of counterfeit pills that may contain fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that can be deadly in even small amounts. 


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DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans

The Drug Enforcement Administration is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States.  In August 2022, DEA and our law enforcement partners seized brightly-colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states.  Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.



Marijuana and Hallucinogen Use Among Young Adults Reached All Time-High in 2021

Marijuana and hallucinogen use in the past year reported by young adults 19 to 30 years old increased significantly in 2021 compared to five and 10 years ago, reaching historic highs in this age group since 1988, according to the Monitoring the Future (MTF) panel study. Rates of past-month nicotine vaping, which have been gradually increasing in young adults for the past four years, also continued their general upward trend in 2021, despite leveling off in 2020. Past-month marijuana vaping, which had significantly decreased in 2020, rebounded to pre-pandemic levels in 2021.


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As Fall Semester Begins, College Students Warned About New, Deadly Drugs

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning college students about new, deadly drugs flooding the black market. 

Moody's office says fentanyl is now the number one killer of adults between the ages of 18 and 45.


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Academic Minute - Fake and Dangerous Pills From Rogue Online Pharmacies

Procuring drugs outside conventional means could lead to disaster. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut’s C. Michael White explores why. White is distinguished professor and chair at UConn’s School of Pharmacy.


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College Substance Use in the Time of COVID

The effect of COVID-19 on college student mental health is widely reported and can, in part, be evidenced by the increasing demand for counseling services.  The degree to which the pandemic affected substance use patterns, including binge drinking and cannabis use, appears to be less obvious and, perhaps, more complicated.  We asked two national experts what the early data show on substance use patterns over the last two years and how we might interpret what we are seeing.  Their answers include the identification of looming concerns and emerging best practices.


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Suicide Prevention Lifeline Transitions to 988

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is transitioning its number to 988.


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Marking a Milestone – Turns Five

Rich Lucey is a Senior Prevention Program Manager in DEA’s Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section. In this month’s View from the Field, Rich highlights a milestone achievement for and highlights DEA’s various resources for professionals working to prevent drug use and misuse among college students.


A group of students at West Virginia University has created a task force that aims to educate their fellow students about the dangers of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

West Virginia University students form task force for educating peers on dangers of fentanyl

A group of students at West Virginia University has created a task force that aims to educate their fellow students about the dangers of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.