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Issues in the News

The mass media frequently focus on issues of health and safety on college campuses. Several prevention and advocacy organizations offer tracking services and information related to campus health and safety news and issues. Other newsletter-oriented services offer summaries and updates of ongoing issues and coverage. Below is a listing of useful services and resources for these issues in the news:

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention HEC/News service:
HEC/News, an electronic mailing service, offers subscribers excerpts of the latest news stories pertaining to alcohol, other drugs, and violence on campus. It includes weekly posting of campus press (Campus Press Watch), announcements, and news pertaining to college student deaths, injury, legal cases and disciplinary action (HEC/Incidents). For visitors who wish to search articles by title and date, or for those who do not care to subscribe, an archive of previous postings is available.

NIAAA’s College Drinking Newsroom:
This resource, offered on NIAAA’s College Drinking Prevention website, provides a listing of major media stories relating to the college drinking issue.

Join Together.org:
Join Together supports community-based efforts to reduce, prevent, and treat substance abuse across the nation. Join Together Online (JTO) features over 40,000 daily news and fundraising articles and other searchable documents dating back ten years. Their daily and weekly e-mail service, JTO Direct, delivers news headlines, funding notices, resource links and action alerts.

The Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol-Free Weekly Update:
The Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free (LTKCAF), a coalition of Governors' spouses, Federal agencies, and public and private organizations, is an initiative to prevent the use of alcohol by children ages 9 to 15. Their Weekly Update newsletter offers coverage of youth alcohol prevention news, pending legislation, and research updates.

CSPI’s Washington Report:
This report, offered in a newsletter style, is published by CSPI’s Alcohol Policies Project. It covers issues related to federal legislation, appointments, and national alcohol prevention news. Features include: Federal Developments, Advocacy News, and Industry Watch, International News, and Research.

Security on Campus:
Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC) is a non-profit grass roots organization dedicated to safe campuses for college and university students. It was co-founded in 1987 by Connie & Howard Clery, following the murder of their daughter at Lehigh University. Its mission is to educate prospective students, parents and the campus community about the prevalence of crime on our nation's college and university campuses. The home page of the site offers recent news stories pertaining to campus crime.

Prevention Research Center’s “Prevention in the News”:
The Prevention Research Center is an organization of researchers whose common goal is the advancement of Prevention Science: the study of the mechanisms by which adverse health outcomes may be prevented by early intervention, education, environmental change, and policy change. Their list of links to alcohol and drug prevention related news articles are provided as a courtesy by Moreover Technologies, and do not necessarily represent the research or views of the Prevention Research Center or any of its associate organizations.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s News Briefs:
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) offers listings of suicide prevention news links in the following categories: state, national, international, funding, and research.

Active Minds on Campus News links:
Active Minds on Campus is a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy organization designed for the college campus. The group’s mission is to utilize peer outreach to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

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