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Views From the Field


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From 2-Day Prime to the Dark Web: Buying Drugs Online

As an educator, counselor, and dedicated wellness professional within institutions of higher education, it’s important that I understand the generational zeitgeist of my young adult students.


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Addressing Drug-related Violence on Campus: Analyze Before Acting

Substance misuse and violence are both key concerns in campus communities. But what about the overlap of these issues?


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Developing Relevant Drug Abuse Prevention Messages for Students

One of the greatest challenges as a prevention professional in higher education is developing messages and education that will resonate with students. Jargon gets in the way, communication channels are a guessing game (and seem to change by the day), and what to say to a Generation Z student is always difficult. Essentially, how will our message be relevant to our students?



Data Show Alcohol and Drug Use Hinder Academic Performance

College and university presidents and trustees, as leaders of their institutions, have the power to send a powerful message that their schools are committed to student safety, well-being, and academic success. 


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What Keeps Us Up at Night: Views from a Student Conduct Officer on a University Campus

As college landscapes change, student behavior seems to remain a constant. Sure, they find new techniques and new, creative ways to commit violations, but generally speaking, it’s all the same.



Sounding the Alarm on E-Cigarettes

College health professionals have worked hard to decrease traditional tobacco use on campuses by implementing policy and providing education and programming aimed at prevention. 



The Importance of Preventing Drug Abuse Among College Students

There is a high cost for not implementing best practices in drug abuse prevention for students, campuses, and the larger community.



Engaging Students to Enhance Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Education

For practitioners working on alcohol and other drug prevention in higher education, it is important for us to engage with our communities of focus to create buy-in, understand needs, and implement strategies that will have a higher likelihood of success. 


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Making Prevention and Early Intervention the First Lines of Defense for this District Attorney’s Office

My DA’s office covers a territory in western Massachusetts that includes a large public university, four private colleges, and a well-regarded community college.



Addressing the Impacts of Legalized Marijuana in Your College Communities

On January 1, 2014, it became legal in Colorado and Washington State for adults 21 and over to buy marijuana for non-medical use in communities that chose to implement the new law.