CAPT Jeffrey Coady, Psy.D. We are experiencing one of the most volatile substance misuse prevention climates in living memory. The global coronavirus pandemic and its related issues continue to challenge prevention professionals to adjust and innovate as they address the misuse of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, and other substances in new and creative ways. According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), instances of any alcohol use by individuals under age 21 have decreased since 2002, with drinking by 12- to 20-year-olds declining from 29 percent to 19...

Susie Bruce Lynn Gordon Bailey, Jr. (“Gordie”) died from alcohol-related hazing just three weeks after arriving at the University of Colorado, Boulder, for his freshman year in 2004. On fraternity bid night, Gordie and 26 other Chi Psi pledges were told to consume a large amount of whiskey and wine in 30 minutes. When Gordie passed out, his “brothers” wrote on his body with permanent markers, gave him a bucket to puke in, and then left him - alone - to sleep it off in the fraternity house. He was found dead the next morning, face down on the floor with a Blood Alcohol Content of .328—more...

Louise Harder This past year, we navigated unprecedented challenges. We shifted programming online. We were pushed to be more creative and flexible. We saw staffing cuts, increased workloads, and turnover. We worked through the benefits and challenges of working alongside partners, children, and pets. We did all of this as policy and protocols changed weekly. And it has been exhausting. To get me through, I have gone back to a few of my key tenets in prevention.   First, follow the data. To add to our stress, in the months following statewide shutdowns, we saw concerning headlines in the...

Dr. Sally Linowski Pivot. Virtual. Remote. Hybrid. Zoom. Quarantine. Isolation. Masks. Hand sanitizer. Social Distance. Positivity rates. Death rates. PPE. Shutdown. Mandatory testing. Moderna. Pfizer. Johnson and Johnson. Vaccine hesitancy. Herd immunity. Mental health. Anxiety. Substance Misuse. Zoom Drinking Parties. Cocktails in Class. Cocktails to Go. Alcohol Delivery. Superspreader events. New Normal. Re-opening. Boosters. The COVID-19 pandemic is the public health crisis of this century. In a sense we are all riding the same storm, but in different boats. For those of us in substance...

Dr. Katrin Wesner-Harts I had the unique opportunity to attend my first American College Health Association meeting just as I was beginning a new role as the inaugural health educator at my prior institution. I will forever be grateful for that opportunity as a new college health professional. I headed to Chicago with a team of colleagues and was so impressed by the community that I found. I remember sitting at the opening session watching association officers, and wondering if I would ever have a role like theirs. Who could have imagined that, 25 years later, I would be president of the...

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