BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Research Institute on
Addictions (RIA) will host SUNY researchers, administrators,
counselors and student health staff in a conference titled "The
Challenge of Reducing College Student Substance Use."
The two-day event will take place at the Ramada Hotel Conference
Center, 2402 North Forest Rd., Getzville, on Thursday, Nov. 8, and
Friday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration fee for the
entire conference is $50. For more information, go to: http://www.ria.buffalo.edu/.
RIA Director Kenneth Leonard, PhD, said the conference is "an
opportunity to bring together the frontline staff throughout the
SUNY system who grapple with the real problems of college students'
alcohol and substance use and the researchers who seek to develop
and evaluate substance use prevention and intervention
Leonard says that despite national and statewide efforts,
excessive alcohol and substance use have not diminished in the past
decade, in part because many colleges are not aware of effective
intervention strategies or have not implemented them.
"This conference will provide an opportunity for participants to
present information about their programs and to discuss issues and
obstacles to the implementation of effective programs. It will also
facilitate exploration of the potential for developing a
multi-campus network of researchers and practitioners to address
these issues within New York State," he said.
Speakers will include research scientists from UB, as well as
researchers from Buffalo State College, Syracuse University and the
University at Albany.
Presentations will include "Recent Trends in College Student
Drinking and Drug Use," "Risk Factors for College Students
Experiencing Alcohol-related Problems" and "College Students' Use
of Marijuana: Antecedents and Consequences."
Press arrangements: Sara R. Saldi in the Office of University
Communications, 716-645-4593, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Kathryn
Leonard, onsite: 716-880-0760.