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The founder of the Outside The Classroom prevention program for high-risk drinking at America’s college campuses will spend Thursday, March 3, at The University of Toledo.

Brandon Busteed founded Outside The Classroom in 2000. It has since grown to be a leader in student alcohol prevention programs, used by more than 500 colleges in North America.

During his visit to the University, Busteed will discuss the latest in prevention programs at an open forum scheduled for 10 a.m. in Student Union Room 2561.

UT Greek organizations also will host a luncheon with Busteed focused on how student leaders can help. Later in the afternoon he will meet with the UT Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Committee and the Division of Student Affairs senior leadership.

Outside The Classroom’s flagship program, AlcoholEdu, is used by The University of Toledo and has contributed to a decline in high-risk drinking on campus, said Jo Campbell, UT director of residence life.

“AlcocholEdu is unique in that it is an online prevention program that really stresses facts and addresses myths like high-risk drinking is a part of everybody’s college experience,” Campbell said.

The University has seen its high-risk drinking decline from 37 percent to 33 percent, thanks in part to AlcoholEdu, she said. Having full-time Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Specialist Alexis Blavos and the programs she helped put in place also contributed to the decline, Campbell added.

Busteed’s visit is the second event in recent weeks at the University to address the prevention of alcohol-related risks at the University. Dr. Rob Turrisi, a professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State University who is known as a national expert on alcohol and substance abuse prevention, led a workshop on “Bridging the Gap: Parents and Prevention” Feb. 24.

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