Mobile app helps young adults talk with friends about risky drug, alcohol use
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Social work professor Douglas C. Smith of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a mobile app called Harbor that assists young adults in talking with peers who are engaging in risky drug or alcohol use.
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