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Local Universities Partner To Combat Drug Abuse On Campus

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College officials from across the country are receiving training this week in Prince George's County, Md., on how to combat alcohol and drug abuse on their campuses.

Local school officials say their alcohol and drug abuse rates are about on par with the national average, but they admit that isn't good enough.

Kathryn Jennings, the associate dean of students at Catholic University in D.C., says it's been important for advisers there to give students one on one counseling.

"I'm not sure that there's a golden ticket. I think it's more or less just focusing on each individual student and what their issue is because every student is different," Jennings says.

Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education says advice to colleges has gotten more sophisticated recently.

"You have to work with local bar owners, you have discourage liquor sponsorship, you have to discourage pre-gaming, you have to make sure kids have social alternatives that don't involve alcohol," he says.

More than 700 school officials are participating in the conference this week.

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