When sharing my prevention story, I often tease that I went from enforcement to prevention. That is partially true as I was a campus police officer prior to working solely in prevention. That switch isn’t as farfetched as most would think. Enforcement plays an important role in prevention. In fact, you won’t be able to implement environmental change strategies unless you collaborate with your law enforcement agencies.   Dave Closson Collaborating is exciting, but it also can seem scary – particularly for people unaccustomed to working with law enforcement. During my time as a campus police...

Last year, in early October, a colleague forwarded me the call for submissions for the DEA’s first annual Campus Video PSA Contest. Of course I was familiar with Red Ribbon Week, which occurs annually on October 23-31, but had not heard about the video PSA contest. After looking over the information, I thought about it, but initially did not seriously consider entering. I had never made a video, and although I was interested in the power that video messages could have it seemed like too big an undertaking (especially in October, which we all know is a very hectic time in higher education!)....

The start of this academic year represents a milestone of sorts for me. I began as a first-year student at the University of Washington (UW) in September 1987; now, 30 years later, I have the honor of working in both a research capacity and a student life capacity at the very campus that shaped my professional identity. It was in fall 1989 that I began working with Mary Larimer (then a graduate student and now director of the Center for the Study of Health & Risk Behaviors) and Dr. G. Alan Marlatt, who would become my advisor and mentor in graduate school, on the development, evaluation,...

Joseph Espinoza Take a look at your campus: What programs are there for students to be engaged in learning about drugs and alcohol?  Peer educators can be trained to present on a range of substance use topics and help to dispel myths about drug and alcohol use.    Is there support for students who are in recovery from drugs and alcohol? Students can come from all lifestyles and it is not unlikely to have students on campus who are dealing with addiction and/or are in recovery.  Are there campus data on drug and alcohol use and how are these data being shared with students? Social norm...

As faculty, we see how alcohol and other drug misuse affect students’ academic performance. For example, some students miss class, pass in late assignments, fall asleep, or rarely participate because of their substance use. These behaviors can be a cry for help, and in these cases, faculty can make a difference. Faculty can encourage students to obtain help from the college counseling center. If a faculty member feels uncomfortable talking to the student, he or she can contact the Dean or another appropriate staff person on campus to recommend help for the student. Some campuses have...

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