In 1986, the shocking death of the greatest basketball player who never played professional basketball, Leonard “Len” Bias, shocked the nation. Len was a first-team All-American college basketball player from the University of Maryland and was a second overall pick of the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA draft. Tragically, Len died two days after the NBA draft from cocaine intoxication after ingesting an unusually pure dose of the drug. His death is referred to as the catalyst event that sparked passage of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. We can clearly say the pretext for the field of drug...

Melissa Ertl  More than ever before, preventionists on college campuses are called to attend to the needs of a wide range of students, including those from underrepresented or historically marginalized groups. This is because college student populations are diversifying rapidly, as many students who previously would be unable to attend college now are accessing postsecondary education. Given broadening access to college, some undergraduate students arrive on campuses with few resources and little support, which may place them at risk for challenges to their health and well-being, including...

As a 21-year-old junior in college, I was deployed to Iraq. That call came right in the middle of the first semester. I went from being a college student sitting in classrooms to patrolling the streets of Iraq. My very first day in country we took mortar fire and the first week on patrol my truck was hit by an I.E.D. (Improvised Explosive Devise). Big change from being in the classroom and worrying about getting homework done!   Dave Closson After a year-long deployment, I returned home mid-summer and jumped right back into college, picking up where I left off. Since it was such a long...

Not that long ago, the nation’s campus-based prevention professionals were loosely organized in part by the U.S. Department of Education and its funded Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention (HEC), through an entity called The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues (The Network). This group of national volunteers worked to disseminate evidence-based best practices to regions and campuses. At one point, The Network listed more than 1,600 campuses as members.   James Lange, Ph.D. A few years ago, due to a lack of external funding,...

College is an exciting time of transitions, new experiences, responsibilities, and a lot more unstructured free time. For students in recovery from a substance use disorder, the overall collegiate environment can be frightening and isolating. Even though not everyone is drinking alcohol or using other drugs, the pervasiveness of substance use follows students in recovery into the classroom, and to campus-wide events, sporting events, and residence halls and off-campus housing. The availability and easy access to alcohol and other drugs can be overwhelming and pose quite a challenge to...

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