"There is now a resurgent interest in reestablishing a system for campuses to efficiently work together and learn from each other," Dr. James Lange of The Ohio State Universty writes.

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"For students in recovery from a substance use disorder, the overall collegiate environment can be frightening and isolating," writes Diane Fedorchak from UMass Amherst. 

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As Americans enjoy their summer vacations, the campus police chiefs and public safety directors serving our nation’s 4,200 colleges and universities are already turning their attention to the challenges their agencies will face in the new academic year. One of these challenges is keeping their students and campus communities safe from the adverse impacts of drug abuse.

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In the Broadway musical Rent, during the song Seasons of Love, the cast sings of 525,600 minutes, and asks how do you measure a year in a life. As www.campusdrugprevention.gov marks its one-year anniversary, now is the perfect time to reflect on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) efforts to enhance its outreach and prevention support to colleges and universities.
 

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Leaders should seek out proactive opportunities to educate colleagues about their responsibility to provide effective, evidence-based programs and services to students ahead of a crisis. Taking action, developing evidence-based programs, and investing in these critical services requires leadership and perseverance. When looking to campus leaders to help champion behavioral health programs and services, consider the three Cs: collaboration, communication, and commitment.
 

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