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Views From the Field

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A Call to Action to Intensify Substance Use Prevention

The negative impact of excessive drinking and substance use on one’s physical health is well documented. What is often overlooked is the ways in which substance use can interfere with academic engagement, which sometimes can be subtler, but also very serious.

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Statewide Work Transforms Our College Environments

Over the past seventeen years, I have had the honor of serving as the project director of Missouri Partners in Prevention, my state’s higher education prevention coalition. 

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Sensible Strategies for Promoting Healthy Choices

David S. Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development, George Mason University

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Collegiate Recovery

For most students, a common misperception is that the college experience includes frequent alcohol parties, most college students use marijuana and other illegal drugs, and many use prescription drugs recreationally.

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This Holiday Season, Talk to Your Young Adult about the #1 U.S. Health Crisis: Opioids

The holidays provide an excellent opportunity to talk to your young adults—about the devastating effects of opioid and prescription drug misuse.

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Student Perspective: The Importance of Student Voice and Advocacy in Prevention

As a recent college graduate, I can attest to how grateful I feel to have gotten an early start to my career in prevention. I have gained new skills that I will take with me through graduate school and my career, met new friends and colleagues, and had the opportunity to travel and learn in new places. 

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Tips for Engaging with Law Enforcement

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. 

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Campus Video Contest: A Past Winner's Experience

Last year, in early October, a colleague forwarded me the call for submissions for the DEA’s first annual Campus Video PSA Contest

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Addressing Marijuana Use in the College Setting

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. 

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Student Perspective: Promoting a Drug-free Campus

For many students, college marks a time in life where they have a new sense of freedom. They transition into a stage of interdependence where they are largely responsible for daily decisions that will affect their lives now and in the future. This time allows for new experiences, new friends, and new opportunities.