What Campuses Can Do to Fight High-Risk Drinking?

frostburg stateFrostburg State has set an example that other schools can follow in light of publicity surrounding the Huguely-Love case. An opinion by Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University.

Recent coverage of the trial of a young man accused of killing a fellow student at the University of Virginia while under the influence of alcohol brings necessary attention to a cultural problem that most college and university leaders feel at a loss to change.

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Addiction is Not Hopeless

addictionSubstance abuse is one of the most pervasive and costly problems in our country. Over 68 million American adults have some form of substance use disorder and about 25 million are addicted to one or more substances. Every year, millions of lives are lost because of it.

What makes substance abuse hard to combat is the fact that addiction plays such a central role. Addiction is a nondiscriminating and devastating illness, affecting everyone from celebrities to teachers to soldiers to neighbors.

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‘Racing Above the Influence’ Campaign to Benefit NCADD

Serra Motorsports' 'Racing Above the Influence' campaign to benefit NCADD

In an effort to promote awareness of drug and alcohol abuse, the team at Serra Motorsports has begun 'Racing Above the Influence', which is both an awareness campaign and a fundraising effort which will make contributions to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). NCADD and its network of affiliates is a voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting alcoholism, drug addiction and the devastating consequences of dependence.

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SAMHSA Study: Alcohol Abuse Higher Among College Students

U.S. college students seeking treatment for substance abuse are more likely to be having trouble with alcohol but less likely to be abusing drugs like heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine than their non-student peers, according to a new government study.

 college drinkingResearchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) analyzed data from 2009, when about 374,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 were treated for substance abuse or dependence in the United States.

The overwhelming majority of those admitted for treatment -- about 362,000 -- were young adults who were not enrolled in college or post-secondary school, the researchers found.

About 12,000 of the admissions -- or 3.2 percent of the total -- involved young adults enrolled in higher education.

When researchers looked at patterns of abuse within the two groups, they found significant differences.

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Buprenorphine Availability, Diversion, and Misuse

picture of perscription drugsA number of NCADD Affiliates have expressed concerns that there is a growing concern regarding the diversion and misuse of Buprenorphine. The following report from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) is a summary of information provided by The Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at the University of Maryland.

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Sativex, a Pot-based Prescription Drug Looks for FDA OK

Twenty five years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. A recent USA Today article recently noted that additional medicines derived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according to drug companies, small biotech firms and university scientists.

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Parents and Peers Can Help Prevent Heavy Drinking in College Freshmen

A program that uses parents and peers to help prevent college freshmen from becoming or staying heavy drinkers has shown promise in a new study by researchers at Penn State.

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HHS' CDC Reports on Binge Drinking Prevalence, Frequency and Intensity Among Adults

According to the report, more than half of the alcohol adults drink is consumed while binge drinking and more than 90% of the alcohol young people drink is while binge drinking.

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Online Ads for Spirits Proliferate

The director of an agency in Maryland that monitors alcohol marketing said the Internet is a wide-open playground for marketing booze to kids.

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Americans Binge-Drinking More

Binge drinking is a bigger problem in the United States than previously thought. Adults binge drink more frequently and consume more drinks when they do, according to the CDC.

While binge drinking is more common among those with household incomes in excess of $75,000, the largest number of drinks consumed per occasion was greatest for those with household incomes of less than $25,000. Also somewhat surprising: while binge drinking is most common among 18-34 year-olds – when those 65+ binge drink – they do so more frequently.

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