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DEA podcast about drug misuse among college students wins award

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s podcast series, Prevention Profiles: Take Five, has received a Second Place Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award from the National Association of Government Communicators.


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​Prevention During Times of Uncertainty

Richard Lucey, Jr., Senior Prevention Program Manager in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section


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Addressing Substance Misuse on Campus Together

Alcohol. Marijuana. Opioids. Vaping. It is not a secret that misuse of these substances and others is a very real, and in some cases, a growing threat on college campuses nationwide.


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DEA releases 2020 Drugs of Abuse Resource Guide

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has released the 2020 edition of Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide, which is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States.



Newbies More Apt to Have Bad Reaction to Marijuana: Study

(HealthDay News, April 2) -- Common bad reactions to marijuana include coughing fits, anxiety and paranoia, but regular users are less likely to have problems than occasional users, a new study finds.



National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Postponed

WASHINGTON – The upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020 is postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 


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Evolutions in Cannabis Consumption

Though institutions of higher education who accept federal funds must remain compliant with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act—meaning that use and/or possession of cannabis, in any form, or possession of any paraphernalia, will not be tolerated on campus—state retail cannabis laws and regulations are continuing to change.



Easy access, pressure on students contributes to increase in non-prescribed Adderall use

(The Daily Cardinal, February 20) About two-thirds of young adults using Adderall illegally get it from their friends or roommates, according to a 2016 National Drug Use and Health survey.



Think marijuana isn’t addictive? Former users say think again.

(Chicago Tribune, March 2) In the basement of the Mustard Seed, a red brick building in Old Town that hosts dozens of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings each week, a handful of people gathered on a recent night to discuss a different addiction.



Five College NewsHealth & WellnessLocal NewsNewsScrolling Headlines Amherst College hosts ‘Vaping Debunked: Schooling the JUUL & Beyond’

(The Massachussetts Daily Collegian, February 19) Christine Johnston, an assistant director of alcohol and other drug education and health promotion at Springfield College, led a discussion on Tuesday at Amherst College to discuss vaping and its impact on the youth in an event called “Vaping Debunked: Schooling the JUUL & Beyond.”