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Views From the Field

Views from the Field are brief articles offering federal, national, state, and local perspectives about drug misuse in higher education from across the nation.


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Campus Police: A Vital Connection to Mental Health and Substance Misuse Services

As a former campus police officer, I have seen firsthand how instrumental training in substance misuse and mental health is for all professionals working in postsecondary settings. 


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Arkansas’s Comprehensive Response to Drug Misuse Among College Students

As the Drug Director for the state of Arkansas, I have the responsibility of overseeing all state-funded substance prevention, substance treatment, and substance recovery activities and programs; advising the governor’s office on drug and alcohol policy issues; overseeing the (fiscal) funding of 19 drug task force units in Arkansas; and overseeing the Arkansas Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinating Council.


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​Reimagining AOD Prevention: Making the Transition to the Virtual Space

Decades of research have examined the effectiveness of in-person prevention efforts to address substance misuse among college students. 


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​Prevention During Times of Uncertainty

Richard Lucey, Jr., Senior Prevention Program Manager in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section


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Addressing Substance Misuse on Campus Together

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.


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Evolutions in Cannabis Consumption

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.


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Integrating Peer Education in Drug Misuse Prevention Efforts: Considerations for Effective Practice

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.


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Addressing Drug-related Violence on Campus: Analyze Before Acting

Substance misuse and violence are both key concerns in campus communities. But what about the overlap of these issues?


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Developing Relevant Drug Abuse Prevention Messages for Students

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?



Data Show Alcohol and Drug Use Hinder Academic Performance

College and university presidents and trustees, as leaders of their institutions, have the power to send a powerful message that their schools are committed to student safety, well-being, and academic success.