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Read monthly updates on substance use prevention news and resources from federal agencies that make up the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) and other national organizations working to prevent substance use and misuse.

The Red Ribbon Campus Video PSA Contest Starts September 12!

SAMHSA and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) co-sponsors this annual video PSA contest for colleges and universities to promote the importance of preventing alcohol and other drug misuse among college students. The contest begins on September 12 and ends on November 7, so start planning your PSA now! Details can be found on the promotional flyer and on the DEA’s Campus Drug Prevention website.

Focus on Mental Health this School Season

Returning to school can be particularly stressful for children and adolescents and focusing on mental health is more important than during these uncertain times. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has resources for children, adolescents, parents, educators, and providers to help cope with the challenges of returning to school. Shareables include brochures, fact sheets, infographics, and activities about mental health disorders and conditions.

Incorporating SAMHSA’s Prevention Campaigns at Colleges and Universities

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Prevention Profiles: Take Five features a discussion with Jeff Coady, Psy.D., Regional Administrator and Acting Director at SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). Listen in as he shares some of CSAP’s top prevention issues, the four elements of a modern prevention system, how colleges and universities can emphasize primary prevention messaging to all segments of the campus population, and ways in which colleges and universities can collaborate with their surrounding communities on a number of SAMHSA’s high-profile awareness campaigns.

Is Kratom Safe?

The recent NIH News in Health newsletter features an article on Kratom, providing information on usage safety, harmful contaminants, harmful side-effect, and withdrawal symptoms. It is easily digestible and can be used with all audiences.