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Views From the Field

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Including Hazing Prevention in Substance Misuse Prevention Efforts

Although hazing has existed for hundreds of years, hazing researcher Hank Nuwer documented that “There wasn't a single [hazing] death from alcohol before 1940. Now, it's one of the most major.” Since January 2000, 100 individuals have lost their lives due to hazing activities in the U.S. Of those, 59 were related to substance use, most frequently, alcohol.

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Relying on Key Tenets in Prevention

This past year, we navigated unprecedented challenges. We shifted programming online. We were pushed to be more creative and flexible.

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Substance Misuse Prevention in the Pandemic: Lessons Learned

The COVID-19 pandemic is the public health crisis of this century. In a sense we are all riding the same storm, but in different boats.

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Reflections from the American College Health Association’s Immediate Past-President

Katrin Wesner-Harts, Ed.D., Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

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For the Culture: The Role of Family, Faith, and Cultural Competence in Prevention at HBCUs in Louisiana

One thing that remains consistent, not only in our statewide data but also in national research, is that Black students at HBCUs tend to use substances less, particularly alcohol.

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Supporting Student-Veterans on Campus: Lessons from Lived Experience

I was barely old enough to order a beer when I found myself being deployed to Iraq. This was post-9/11 so to say tensions were high is an understatement at best. I was thrown right into the deep end.

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Investing Time to Achieve Outcomes

As coalition leaders of Missouri Partners in Prevention, Missouri’s higher education substance misuse consortium dedicated to creating healthy and safe college campuses, we get asked a lot about what the most effective way is to create change on campus.

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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.