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Opinion | Substance Use

The Importance of Integrating Routine Screening for Substance Use in College and University Mental Health Service Settings

Alcohol and other substance use among young adults in general and college students in particular is a significant public health concern. Alcohol and substance use increase with age, tend to peak in young adulthood (i.e., between 18 and 25 years old) and diminish in later adulthood. Recent national statistics indicate…

MCQ. Issue 26
Substance Use, Mental and Behavioral Health

Smoke and Mirrors: What should colleges do about the proliferation of misinformation about cannabis?

Innovations in Behavioral Health Care is a peer-reviewed section of the Mary Christie Quarterly that features breakthrough research and commentary on the emotional and behavioral health of young adults. Malinda Kennedy, ScD is a Project Director for the Maryland Collaborative and Faculty Assistant for the Center on Young Adult Health…

MCQ. Issue 25
Substance Use, Mental and Behavioral Health

College Substance Use in the Time of COVID

The effect of COVID-19 on college student mental health is widely reported and can, in part, be evidenced by the increasing demand for counseling services.  The degree to which the pandemic affected substance use patterns, including binge drinking and cannabis use, appears to be less obvious and, perhaps, more complicated. …

MCQ. Issue 24
Substance Use, Physical Health

Innovations in Behavioral Health Care

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Virtual Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA The negative consequences associated with high-risk drinking, including academic impairment, social harms, injury, and death (White & Hingson, 2013) are perennial concerns. Nearly one-third…

MCQ. Issue 22
Substance Use

Survey: College Administrators See Rise in Marijuana Issues

More students see marijuana as safe, creating downstream effects on college campuses A majority of college administrators in a new survey say that more students believe marijuana to be “safe,” drawing concern that changing national attitudes about marijuana might have downstream effects on college campuses. Administrators say the number of…

MCQ. Issue 8
Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Science Summary

Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention and Management on Campus A new report by Victor Schwartz, Chief Medical Officer of the Jed Foundation, addresses the risk of suicide among college students and explains an emerging approach to suicide prevention on college campuses. Suicide is the second leading cause of death…

MCQ. Issue 7
Substance Use

Haven at College Addresses Addiction and Stigma

In mid-July, the Marvin Center at George Washington University was bursting with college students in various forms of predictive behaviors, lounging on lobby furniture, hurrying by on cell phones. But on this particular day, most of the students at the Marvin Center were also participating in the eighth annual National…

MCQ. Issue 7
Substance Use

Q&A: Jonathan Gibralter

Jonathan Gibralter is a three-time college president and a leading spokesperson for preventing dangerous drinking on college campuses. He is the co-chair of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) President’s Working Group to Address Harmful Student Drinking. He was instrumental in developing the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix…

MCQ. Issue 7