Colleges and universities nationwide are working continually to keep safe the nearly 16 million students who live and learn on their campuses. Events such as the shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech and the renewed debate about lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 have made the discussions about campus health and safety issues more urgent than ever.
Recently, 450 health and safety specialists from more than 200 institutions met in Omaha, Nebraska, to discuss these issues at the 21st National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Higher Education. Campus and community-based practitioners learned about the latest strategies shown to be effective in preventing alcohol and other drug abuse and violent behavior among college students.
The conference was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, with support from its Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, which is based at EDC.
Originally published on January 1, 2008