May 8, 2019

National Prevention Week
Inspire Action and Change Lives During National Prevention Week
Colleges and universities, behavioral health coalitions, community-based organizations, and others with a role in prevention are gearing up for this year's National Prevention Week (NPW). NPW takes place May 12-18, 2019 and is aSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-sponsored campaign dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health by promoting prevention year-round. NPW is timed to allow schools to plan or take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness among students of all ages. This year's theme - "Inspiring Action. Changing Lives." - reminds us that whether we make healthy choices for ourselves or inspire others to do so, the small actions we take can change lives for the better. The 2019 daily themes are:
  • Monday, May 13: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse
  • Tuesday, May 14: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
  • Wednesday, May 15: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
  • Thursday, May 16: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use
  • Friday, May 17: Preventing Suicide
There are several ways to bring NPW to your campus community and SAMHSA's NPW website has a suite of tools and resources available to help you plan, promote, and carry out prevention-themed events. A few of these resources include:
  • 2019 National Prevention Week Planning Guide and Resource Calendar (PDF): This 52-week calendar provides information on health observances throughout the year, NPW federal partners, SAMHSA resources, and more. The guide includes tips for enhancing your prevention efforts, quarterly planning checklists to guide the creation of NPW activities, and an augmented reality feature that can be used by downloading the Blippar app on a mobile device.
  • Planning Toolkit: Here you can access an NPW fact sheet, promotional videos, event ideas, tips for planning an event, and a planning checklist. If you have questions about how or when to get involved, email SAMHSA's NPW coordinator David Wilson. And remember to register your event so SAMHSA can help promote your community's event through the Prevention Works email and on the NPW website.
  • NPW Webinar Series: View archived webinars from the past three years. The 2019 webinar topics build on the year-round conversation about prevention and align with the NPW daily themes. Prevention experts discuss issues such as teen e-cigarette use, opioid addiction, underage drinking, and the intersection between suicide and substance use.
For additional information on prevention efforts, check out the Prevention Profiles: Take Five , a podcast series launched in January 2018 by the Drug Enforcement Administration featuring interviews with individuals at the federal, national, state, and local levels, based around five questions related to drug abuse prevention among college students.

School Crime and Safety 2018
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Annual Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2018 Report Released

On April 17, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released the annual report, Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2018 (PDF). This report provides data on crime and safety at K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and campus safety and security. The 22 indicators of school crime and safety are based on information from a variety of data sources collected between 2015 and 2017. The indicators cover topics such as violent deaths; victimization; school environment; fear and avoidance; and postsecondary campus safety and security. The report also includes three spotlight indicators: use, availability, and  perceived harmfulness of opioids among youth; perceptions of bullying among students who reported being bullied; and active shooter incidents in educational settings.
Spotlight 1 examined the use, availability, and perceived harmfulness of opioids among youth in grades 8, 10, and 12 from 1995 to 2017. Though the overall rates of students who tried heroin decreased, the numbers still represent 73,300 students who tried it in 2017. Additional data includes use of narcotics other than heroin, ease of access, and use of heroin with or without a needle.
Spotlight 2 took a closer look at bullying, specifically repetition, power imbalance, and intent to hurt. The perception of a power imbalance is a core element in the definition of bullying.  In 2017, of students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied at school, 56 percent reported that they thought those who bullied them had the ability to influence what other students thought of them. Additional characteristics were explored such as gender, age/grade, race/ethnicity, and urbanicity.
Spotlight 3 reviewed active shooter incidents in educational settings, including both K-12 and IHEs. Between 2000 to 2017, there were 37 active shooter incidents at elementary and secondary schools and 15 active shooter incidents at IHEs. During this period, 67 students were killed and 86 wounded in K-12 active shooter incidents and 70 students were killed at 73 wounded at IHEs. It's important to note that this analysis is based on the FBI's specific definition of an active shooter ("one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area") and should not be seen as complete data on gun violence or serious violent incidents in U.S. educational environments. Additional information about the age of the shooter, weapon(s) used, and shooter outcome is available.

Key findings for colleges and universities include the following:
  • In 2016, approximately 28,400 criminal incidents were reported to police and security agencies, representing a three percent increase from 2015 (27,500 criminal incidents). There was a decrease by 40 percent of reported on-campus crimes between 2006 and 2014, but since then there has been an increase of 6 percent (Indicator 21).
  • The number of on-campus crimes reported in 2016 was lower than the number reported in 2001 for every category except forcible sex offenses and negligent manslaughter. The number of reported forcible sex offenses on campus increased from 2,200 in 2001 to 8,900 in 2015 (a 305 percent increase). The rate for forcible sex offenses increased from 1.9 per 10,000 students in 2001 to 6.0 per 10,000 students in 2016.
  • In 2016, there were 1,070 incidents classified as hate crimes reported on campuses, up from 860 in 2015 and 804 in 2014. The top three types of hate crimes were destruction, damage, and vandalism (464 incidents); followed by intimidation (421 incidents); and simple assault (99 incidents) (Indicator 22).
  • Three-quarters of the total reported on-campus hate crimes in 2016 were motivated by race, religion, or sexual orientation. Race was the reported motivating bias in 38 percent of hate crimes (406 incidents), religion was the reported motivating bias in 21 percent of hate crimes (221 incidents), and sexual orientation was the reported motivating bias in 17 percent of hate crimes (183 incidents) in 2016. The other one-fourth of hate crimes were motivated by ethnicity, gender, gender identity, and disability.

All previous reports can be found on the BJS website and are available with press releases, data tables, appendices, and more. Data for this year's report was compiled through national and international surveys supplied by nonprofit affiliates and federal agencies and departments including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of Postsecondary Education, and others. Details on data sources can be found in Appendix A.
For questions about this report, please contact Tom Snyder at NCES or Barbara A. Oudekerk , BJS statistician.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: AWR-338 - Homemade Explosive (HME) and Precursor Awareness (HME-P)
Organization: Office for Bombing Prevention
  • May 14, 2019 at 9:00 AM ET
  • May 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
  • Additional dates and times available
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Beyond the Obvious: Applying Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Organization: Homeland Security Training Institute
Date: May 23, 2019
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Campus Prevention Network Summit 2019
Organization: EVERFI
Dates: June 10-12, 2019
Location: Nashville, TN
Fee: Registration fee

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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