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...

Joshua Ellow As an educator, counselor, and dedicated wellness professional within institutions of higher education, it’s important that I understand the generational zeitgeist of my young adult students. These young persons are part of Generation Z (also known as Gen Z and iGen), which has some unique differences when compared with Millennials and Baby Boomers. Perhaps most notable is the reality that Gen Z is much more likely to have been using personal technologies since birth. This has greatly influenced their relationship to social media, health care, dating, and even shopping as they...

Dr. Linda Langford Substance misuse and violence are both key concerns in campus communities. But what about the overlap of these issues? The Drug Enforcement Administration recently engaged Prevention Solutions at Education Development Center to create a planning guide to preventing drug misuse among college students. This forthcoming guide lays out a strategic and systematic approach to substance misuse prevention that also can serve as a roadmap for addressing the overlap of drug and alcohol abuse with violence.   Take a Strategic and Data-driven Approach Decades of research find that...

Bethany Mauch One of the greatest challenges as a prevention professional in higher education is developing messages and education that will resonate with students. Jargon gets in the way, communication channels are a guessing game (and seem to change by the day), and what to say to a Generation Z student is always difficult. Essentially, how will our message be relevant to our students?   The moral of our “relevancy” story is twofold: listening and letting go. By embracing these two things our “Live Your Best Life” video won the 2018 Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest, sponsored by...

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