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New Group Aims to Reduce Drug, Alcohol Abuse at Va. Universities

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WBOC)- A new committee has been formed in Virginia to try to reduce alcohol and drug abuse at the state's colleges and universities.           

The Virginia Higher Education Substance Use Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from public and private institutions of higher education, student leaders, state agencies and statewide partners.           

The group's main task is to develop and update a statewide strategic plan for substance use education, prevention and intervention at colleges and universities.           

“Every day Virginia’s college students, their families and friends, and the community-at-large face negative consequences related to substance misuse, including academic problems, unintentional injuries, assault, dependency and unfortunately sometimes even death,” said Virginia ABC Education and Prevention Manager Katie Crumble. “Whether the substance is alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription drugs, the toll of misuse on the intellectual and social lives of students is enormous. Our hope is that with partnerships and support at the local and state levels, colleges and universities will gain an increased capacity to address the problem of substance misuse.”

The committee grew out of an effort by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority and the state's Commission on Youth to try to find more effective ways to address the persistent and growing public health and safety problem.

More information is available at https://www.abc.virginia.gov/education/programs/vhesuac.

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