Alcohol, drug abuse examined at statewide meet April 12-13

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Alcohol, drug abuse examined at statewide meet April 12-13

A statewide conference Thursday and Friday, April 12-13, at Fresno State will examine choices many students face about using alcohol and drugs and about coping with social dilemmas during their college experience.

The California Higher Education Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Conference begins at 10 a.m. April 12 with registration in the Henry Madden Library and ends at 12:30 p.m. April 13. It is expected to draw about 280 staff, faculty and students from California State University, University of California,community college campuses and community-based organizations.

Attendees will hear experts from Fresno State, Sacramento State, UC Irvine and the U.S. Department of Education as well as fellow students on various substance abuse topics and sexual assault issues.

The conference is hosted by a different CSU school each year. This year, it is hosted by the Fresno State Division of Student Affairs and its Alcohol Safety Council.

The event will have keynote speakers both days.

Liz Harrison, an ABC-30 news anchor and reporter, will address the conference at noon April 12 at the University Dining Hall. Harrison, whose Fresno TV career began in in 1982, will provide a mother’s perspective on drug abuse.

Dr. John D. Clapp, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention, speaks at 8 a.m. April 13, also in the University Dining Hall during the awards breakfast.

Clapp’s topic is “The ‘Wasted’ Years?: The Past, Present and Future of Heavy Drinking Among College Students.” He’s a professor at the School of Social Work and an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University.

Workshops will address alcohol poisoning, prescription drug abuse, the College DUI Awareness Program, marijuana-related issues, sexual assault/date rape, Ecstasy, creating a safer party culture and intimate-partner violence at college.

For more information, contact event organizer Kathy Yarmo, coordinator of Health Promotion and Wellness Services in the University Health and Psychological Services of the Student Health Center, at 559.278.6739 or

(Copy by University Communications student new assistant Nicole Maul.)

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