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...

As Americans enjoy their summer vacations, the campus police chiefs and public safety directors serving our nation’s 4,200 colleges and universities are already turning their attention to the challenges their agencies will face in the new academic year. One of these challenges is keeping their students and campus communities safe from the adverse impacts of drug abuse. Paul L. Ominsky Part of that challenge is a “good news, bad news” story. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the use of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines...

In the Broadway musical Rent, during the song Seasons of Love, the cast sings of 525,600 minutes, and asks how do you measure a year in a life. As www.campusdrugprevention.gov marks its one-year anniversary, now is the perfect time to reflect on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) efforts to enhance its outreach and prevention support to colleges and universities.   Richard Lucey Jr. When I joined DEA two years ago, one of the charges given to me was to increase the agency’s interactions with institutions of higher education, beyond recruitment fairs and enforcement actions. DEA...

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