The University of Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions plans to join forces with other institutions in the New York area to tackle college substance abuse. The group will seek to educate students, health care and mental health workers, and educators about the dangers of binge drinking. The RIA’s approach hopes to open a dialogue about the current knowledge on binge drinking, especially between students and parents.
To this end, the RIA will host a two day conference on the challenges related to reducing substance abuse with the intention of forming a consortium of New York area schools to further examine the issues.
The conference will bring together front-line staff from throughout the SUNY system who grapple with the real problems of college students’ alcohol and substance use and abuse, and the researchers who seek to develop and evaluate substance-use prevention and intervention strategies. It also will provide an opportunity for participants to present information about their programs and to discuss issues regarding the startup and operation of effective programs.
Even more importantly, however, the conference will explore the potential for developing a multi-campus network of researchers and practitioners across New York State to address excessive college student substance use.
Choose Responsibility will continue to follow the RIA’s progress throughout the fall.
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