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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”