Alcohol and drugs

Colleges confront an increase in use of heroin by students

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Facing overdoses and regional scourges, campuses start to see that substance abuse problems don’t just revolve around alcohol and marijuana.

 

Study links binge drinking and low critical thinking skills, with a caveat

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Students who binge drink during college have significantly worse critical thinking skills than non-bingers upon graduation -- but only if they started college with comparatively low skills, study says.

University student codes of conduct include fines for violations

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More colleges want to be able to fine students who violate conduct codes. But how they go about it, and the impact of the policies, varies.

Late-night cookouts keep drinkers on campus

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A late-night residential program designed for freshmen and sophomores wound up reducing alcohol incidents among upperclassmen.

Book details campus and community consequences of party school culture

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New book details campus and community hazards of thriving party school culture, and complacency of administrators who fail to address it.

Judge bars technical college from requiring drug testing of all students

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Federal judge bars Missouri college from requiring drug tests for all students.

Idaho will expel low-performing students as part of alcohol prevention plan

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University of Idaho ups the stakes -- to expulsion -- for students with exceptionally low grades.

Increasing number of universities are creating international health, safety and security-related positions

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As universities increase the numbers of students they send abroad and the diversity of program locales, a growing number of institutions are creating full-time international health, safety and security-related positions.

Student health officials share successful strategies in alcohol prevention: collaboration and timeliness

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A successful alcohol risk reduction campaign, student health officials say, involves coordination across the university and the city -- and no dawdling. Getting it right can reduce incidents by the hundreds.

High-risk drinkers especially vulnerable to different drinking games, research says

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Drinking games are not all the same and students play at different risk levels, suggests research calling for more direct prevention of this type of student partying.

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