January 28, 2010


Network Campaign Seeks Congressional Support

The Network requests individuals from Network member schools to write to influential congressmen to seek congressional funding for the organization.  For more than twenty years, The Network has been funded under a contract with the U.S. Department of Education.  In fall 2009, the Department of Education did not renew its agreement to fund The Network because of changes in departmental priorities. The Network will continue to provide technical assistance and information about trends, upcoming events, etc.  Without funding, however, The Network will be unable to support local workshops, trainings, mini-grants, etc.  For this reason, The Network leadership is soliciting funding from other sources.  I am asking you to write to members of two legislative appropriations committees which are considering funding decisions for the 2011 fiscal year.  This letter writing effort will attempt to obtain Network funding.  Please help by taking the time and energy to write to the appropriate representatives.

Please act if you value The Network and have benefited from Network activities.  I believe this effort will support substance abuse prevention in higher education by supporting The Network, as a low cost initiative that helps us to address a major issue on our campuses and in our surrounding communities. 

Below you will find the following:

1)      A letter template for writing to members of the appropriations committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate

2)      A list of those committee members, with especially important members of each denoted by ****

3)      Mailing addresses (in mailing label format) for

a.      Those in the House Appropriations Committee

b.      Those in the Senate Appropriations Committee

As you write, please consider the following:

·         You may use the template letter or you may write your own letter.  Either way, you are encouraged to personalize the letter by providing pertinent information about your campus or the impact of the Network in Virginia or our region.

·         You are encouraged to write to all committee members. If you choose to narrow your focus, please be sure to write to Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (if you are a Virginia member).

·         Please complete your letter writing by February 5, 2010.

·         The above listed attachments are available at the following URL.



Please check with your college or university’s legislative liaison for guidance in crafting your letter (especially important for those of you who work on public  campuses).  For example, some campus policies may prohibit you from using official letterhead for your letter.

Please contact me at Sdeakin@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4234 if you have any questions or would like to discuss this campaign.  I believe our efforts can save The Network and support prevention in higher education.

Finally, after you mail your letter, would you please send a brief email to me so I can roughly count the number of letters sent from our region.  I would appreciate it.  Thanks and best wishes for your campus prevention efforts this semester.

Spencer Deakin



Template Letter

Inside Address




Senator’s address





I write to you out of concern for the impact that alcohol and other drug use has on the health and safety of college students in the United States, who comprise approximately one third of the 18-25 year old population (2007 US Census), and who live in the concentrated domains of our campuses .  Data indicate:

·         A slight increase in the number of 18-25 year olds who drink five or more drinks at one setting from 40.9% in 2002 to 41% in 2008 while 12-17 year olds saw a decrease from 10.7 to 8.8% in the same time period. (2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health)

·         College students had a significantly higher prevalence of occasions of heavy drinking (five or more drinks in a row in the past two weeks)—40% versus 30% among their age peers. (2008 Monitoring the Future)

·         An alarming estimation by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of 1,825 alcohol-related college student deaths in the past year (Hingson, Zha, & Weitzman, 2009).

·        More life-changing physical and emotional injuries each year than seen as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  To put these numbers into perspective, over the course of the Iraq war 4,351 soldiers have died since March of 2003; during this same time frame, nearly 11,000 college students lost their lives as a result of alcohol related unintentional injuries (Associated Press, October 10, 2009; Hingson, et al., 2009).

The significance of these numbers is clearer when you consider the negative consequences to student health and safety associated with alcohol and other drug use.  Data indicate:

·         Alcohol poisoning deaths in the 18-24 year-old population tripled from 1998 to 2005, jumping from 779 to 2,290 (Hingson, et.al., 2009)

·         Of those students who had unwanted sexual intercourse, 82.3% had consumed alcohol or drugs prior to the incident. (2006 Core Institute Survey)

·         Of those involved in physical violence, 61.8% had consumed alcohol or drugs prior to the incident. (2006 Core Institute Survey)

·         599,000 were injured because of drinking, 646,000 were assaulted or hit by a drinking college student, and 97,000 experienced a sexual assault or date rape perpetrated by another drinking college student in 2001 (Hingson, et al., 2005).

·        70,000 college students aged 18 to 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. (Hingson, et al., 2002).

Institutions of higher education strive to produce solid, productive citizens. Essential to this mission is the need to provide safe, healthy environments in which to educate students.   In order to do so, campuses must have the financial and technical supports that enable them to address their students’ alcohol and other drug use in an effective manner.

While institutions may lack the financial support to effectively address their alcohol and other drug use prevention efforts, The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues (The Network) is equipped and stands at the ready to provide the necessary technical support.  The Network is a voluntary membership organization whose member institutions agree to work toward a set of standards aimed at reducing alcohol and other drug problems at colleges and universities. These standards are based on researched evidence that support best practices in prevention, providing crucial guidance for institutions and their professional staff on the most effective strategies to reduce both rates and related consequences.   To date, over 1,600 institutions nationwide have pledged support for these standards and look to The Network as a key resource in providing training, information, connection, and support to implement the Network Standards on their campuses and in surrounding communities.

To provide those vital services, the Network is organized into 18 Regional Networks throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Collaborative work in each region and state is facilitated by volunteer Regional Directors and State/Territory Coordinators who disseminate pertinent and cutting edge information, coordinate and implement trainings, work to connect professionals to appropriate resources and peers, and provide a wide range of technical assistance to institutions in each region so they may reduce the negative consequences of student alcohol and other drug use. 

Statistical data tell us that we cannot continue to overlook this population.   It is imperative that we focus our prevention efforts on the 18-25 year old population, and more specifically, the college student population, to reduce the negative consequences associated with substance abuse in that age range and to thus increase the number of students who become contributing citizens.  I ask that you provide funds

1.       To go to specific individual colleges and universities to conduct prevention activities

2.       To support The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues and its work to guide and instruct those institutions.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Best Regards,












MEMBERS OF IMPORTANCE (on the appropriations subcommittee) whose support is very valuable. There are 23 States included in the list.



Senator Tom Harkin   Dem   Iowa   Chairman****

              Dan Inouye   Dem   Hawaii****

              Herb Kohl   Dem   Wisconsin

              Patty Murray   Dem   Washington

              Jack Reed   Dem   Rhode Island

              Mary Landrieu   Dem   Louisiana

              Mark Pryor   Dem   Arkansas

              Richard Durbin   Dem   Illinois

              Robert Byrd   Dem   West Virginia****


               Thad Cochran   Rep   Mississippi

               Richard Shelby   Rep   Alabama

               Judd Gregg   Rep   New Hampshire

               Kay Bailey Hutchinson   Rep   Texas

               Lamar Alexander   Rep   Tennessee



Congressman    David Obey   Dem   Wisconsin, Chairman****

                        Nita Lowey   Dem   New York

                        Rosa DeLauro   Dem   Connecticut

                        James Moran   Dem   Virginia

                        Lucille Roybal Allard   Dem   California****

                        Patrick Kennedy   Dem   Rhode Island****

                        Jesse Jackson   Dem   Illinois

                        Barbara Lee   Dem   California

                        Mike Honda   Dem   California

                        Betty McCollum   Dem   Minnesota

                        Timothy Ryan   Dem   Ohio


                        Todd Tiahrt   Rep   Kansas

                        Dennis Rehberg   Rep   Montana

                        Rodney Alexander   Rep   Louisiana

                        Jo Bonner   Rep   Alabama

                        Tom Cole   Rep   Oklahoma


****Really important
















The Honorable Tom Harkin

United States Senate

731 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington,  DC 20510


The Honorable Richard Shelby

United States Senate

304 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510-0103


The Honorable Dan Inouye

United States Senate

722 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510-1102


The Honorable Judd Gregg

United States Senate

201 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510-2903


The Honorable Herb Kohl

United States Senate

330 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510-4903


The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchinson

United Sates Senate

284 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510-4302


The Honorable Patty Murray

United States Senate

173 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510-4701


The Honorable Lamar Alexander

United States Senate

455 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510-4204


The Honorable Jack Reed

United States Senate

728 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510-3902



The Honorable Robert C. Byrd

United States Senate

311 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510-4801


The Honorable Mary Landrieu

United States Senate

328 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510-1803


The Honorable Thad Cochran

United States Senate

113 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510-2402


The Honorable Mark Pryor

United States Senate

255 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510-0403




The Honorable Dick Durbin

United States Senate

309 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510-1304







The Honorable David Obey

United States House of Representatives

2314 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20515-4907


The Honorable Timothy Ryan

United States House of Representatives

1421 Longworth house Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20515-3517

The Honorable Nita Lowey

United States house of Representatives

2329 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515-3218


The Honorable Todd Tiahrt

United States House of Representatives

2441 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20515-1604

The Honorable Rosa DeLauro

United States House of Representatives

2413 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515-0703