Leaders should seek out proactive opportunities to educate colleagues about their responsibility to provide effective, evidence-based programs and services to students ahead of a crisis. Taking action, developing evidence-based programs, and investing in these critical services requires leadership and perseverance. When looking to campus leaders to help champion behavioral health programs and services, consider the three Cs: collaboration, communication, and commitment.   Michael N. Christakis, Ph.D. Collaboration: Many behavioral health champions are better than single champions....

In 2016, according to one national study, Wilmington, North Carolina, was named as the city having the highest rate of opioid misuse in the nation. A quick Google search shows there are other cities that have also cited opioid use and misuse as their number one issue. Much like being named the top party school in the country, this is not something that one hopes for or is proud of.  Drug use and abuse is not what any city or university wants to be known for. But can you leverage such distinction?   Pat Leonard (left) and Dr. Katrin A. Wesner While we would all agree that opioids are a major...

College and university campuses are unique environments when it comes to drug use, addiction, and treatment. Data from the American College Health Association’s most recent National College Health Assessment Survey for Fall 2017 show a sizable gap between surveyed undergraduate students who report using drugs and the perceived usage of various drugs on campus.   * Respondents were asked about usage ranging from daily to any time within the last 30 days. Certainly, perceived usage is not an accurate representation of actual usage, but the disparity suggests that despite extensive campaigns to...

The Dalai Lama once said,  “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” In my work as a prevention professional, I have begrudgingly come to accept this as a reality that has fostered innovation on our campus. I work on a campus that does not currently have the resources available to implement a population level alcohol and other drug misuse prevention program like AlcoholEdu. As a result, our prevention team must continually seek opportunities to provide prevention and education to the general student population. As a result, we work with our various...

As our college and universities continue to diversify, so too must our methods for helping address substance abuse on our campuses. This past year marked the beginning of the next generation of young people, known as “Generation Z.” Unlike Millennials or Gen Xers, fewer young people of this generation experimented with substances or have had sex before they arrive on campus. Their arrival further diversifies campus communities, which have never been as eclectic as they are today.   Michael LaFarr, Psy.D. To help ensure we keep up with our ever-changing student body, the Health Promotion team...

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