Dr. Laura M. Longo Decades of research have examined the effectiveness of in-person prevention efforts to address substance misuse among college students. In response to COVID-19, schools have shifted to remote learning environments, making in-person prevention efforts challenging for many campuses. This situation pushes alcohol and other drug prevention professionals to consider what our work looks like in the virtual space. What are the best methods to reach our students while remaining physically distant? How can we implement effective prevention strategies when our students, once located...

Rich Lucey I hope you are doing what is necessary to keep yourself, your family and friends, and your community safe and healthy during this unprecedented public health crisis. Although we knew the coronavirus was going to have a significant impact on our nation, I’m not sure anyone could have predicted just how severe and long lasting it would be. Many of us are anxious to return to a sense of normalcy, and yet, the future seems like one big question mark.   We hear the phrase “new normal” being tossed around, but the reality is that none of us truly knows what the new normal will be. We...

Richard Carmi, Acting Director of CSAP 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. Preventing substance misuse in a college environment requires involvement across all higher education sectors, from the administration, to campus safety, to student affairs. Colleges and universities face unique challenges of working to acknowledge the problem, and then coordinating program resources to address these issues.   If you are working on prevention in a higher...

One in 17 college students use cannabis on a daily or near-daily basis.1 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.2 With these state-level changes, the way students access cannabis and the ease of access is changing as well. Knowing how students may be buying and accessing cannabis is important to keep in...

Dr. M. Dolores Cimini Within the broad scope of the public health approach, there are many arenas in which trained peer educators can serve as allies to assist in our drug misuse prevention and intervention efforts. For example, these student leaders can help us develop, implement, and evaluate campus-wide media campaigns that correct norm misperceptions and encourage bystander intervention; carry out educational, informational, and screening activities; and operate referral services, such as hotlines, under professional supervision.   During the past several decades, workshops and training...

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