Faith DeNardo College health professionals have worked hard to decrease traditional tobacco use on campuses by implementing policy and providing education and programming aimed at prevention. The progression from occasional to daily smoking almost always occurs by age 26(1), making college environments an excellent place to engage folks in cessation and prevention strategies. However, e-cigarettes pose a new challenge to college health. The 2018 Monitoring the Future Survey(2) shows that e-cigarette use by youth has reached alarming levels. Among 12th graders, students who reported vaping...

There is a high cost for not implementing best practices in drug abuse prevention for students, campuses, and the larger community. Drug abuse can have many short- and long-term negative effects including physical and mental health problems, legal consequences, and impairment in many areas of a person’s life, from school to work and interpersonal functioning. The majority of students are attending institutions of higher education to not only further their education, but also to enrich their future employment opportunities. Drug abuse can interfere with a student’s ability to be successful in...

For practitioners working on alcohol and other drug prevention in higher education, it is important for us to engage with our communities of focus to create buy-in, understand needs, and implement strategies that will have a higher likelihood of success. While college students are certainly a busy population, campus environments offer many opportunities to engage with students to enhance alcohol and other drug prevention and education efforts.   Kimberly Liao Understanding Student Needs Understanding student needs is a crucial first step to help prioritize issues, set measurable goals and...

My DA’s office covers a territory in western Massachusetts that includes a large public university, four private colleges, and a well-regarded community college. That’s a lot of college students, with a select number entering the criminal justice system for the first time. That is why I am a big fan of prevention and early intervention. While conventional wisdom has it that the college years are the best of a person’s life, we all know it’s way more complicated than that. For many people, college years are filled with confusion, experimentation, and sometimes, bad decisions – even a series of...

On January 1, 2014, it became legal in Colorado and Washington State for adults 21 and over to buy marijuana for non-medical use in communities that chose to implement the new law. Currently, 10 states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana, with more likely to follow. Marijuana legalization presents particular challenges for colleges and universities because, regardless of state law, these institutions remain subject to the federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, and the accompanying regulations that apply in the context of higher education. Judge Linda Cooke Boulder,...

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