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Michigan receives grant to combat opioid usage

The use of opioid drugs is rising nationally, and the state of Michigan is reserving money specifically to combat the addiction. The state received a $16.37 million grant that was awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and will finance prevention and treatment initiatives across the state. This includes the development of a statewide awareness campaign, research, prevention services and more.

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GVL/Mackenzie Bush- Katrina Rast speaks about the truths, lies, and consequences of Marijuana Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Learning about marijuana

The Alcohol & Other Drugs Campus Education Services (ACES) organization and the Grand Valley State University Police Department teamed up to present the program “Marijuana: Truth, Lies and Consequences” Tuesday, April 11, in the Kirkhof Center.

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Edutaining sexual assault

'Edutaining' about sexual assault

One in five women will experience a form of sexual assault before they graduate from college, according to a study released in 2011. When “edutainer” Robert Hackenson Jr. learned this statistic, he was at a loss for words.

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Local kids get the chance to talk with Officer Minh Lien on Saturday Feb. 18, 2017.

Changing misconceptions

When people hear the term “law enforcement,” the idea of a police officer on duty ready to protect people typically comes to mind. But for many at-risk Grand Rapids youth, this isn’t always the case. “Those Who Protect Us” is an event held annually to try to change misconceptions these youths may have about public safety officials. This year, it was held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Grand Valley State University’s L. William Seidman Center, Room 1008. Roughly 100 people gathered throughout the day to participate in several activities.

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Shelby Simpson assists Officer Minh Lien, Katrina Rast, and Genevieve Steffes with an alcohol demonstration for ACES on Wednesday Jan. 25, 2016.

Being smart about alcohol

From vodka to beer to tequila, alcohol is a staple at frat parties and tailgates on college campuses across the U.S. While bonding over red Solo cups might seem like a good idea at the time, too much drinking can lead to MIPs, DUIs and even alcohol poisoning.

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GVL / Kevin Sielaff - Samantha Przybylski (center) holds a sign behind the "It's On Us" social media stand on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 inside the Kirhof Center.

'It's on Us' to hold stalking awareness event

According to the Violence Prevention and Action Center, one in six women and one in 19 men in the United States have experienced stalking in their lifetime. Not only that, but individuals 18 to 24 years old—the typical age range for college students—experience the highest rate of stalking. These statistics, along with the fact that January is National Stalking Awareness Month, are what drive the It’s on Us campaign to take action and spread awareness of this issue.

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GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Completed lighting project on 48th Avenue Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

Lighting the way

After partnering with Allendale Township and Consumers Energy, Grand Valley State University has helped to install permanent lights along 48th Avenue. With positive feedback about the new lights and more lingering concerns about other dimly lit streets, there are plans underway for both sidewalks and lights along Pierce Street between 42nd and 48th avenues.

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