(PDF Download) Prevention with Purpose: A Strategic Planning Guide for Preventing Drug Misuse Among College Students


For many of the 16.8 million students enrolled at America’s two- and four-year degree programs each year, the university experience promotes academic growth, fosters new friendships, and expands understanding of a world outside the home environment.  Unfortunately, the college years are also a time when students may experiment with drugs for the first time.  Drug use remains, for many college health and wellness professionals, an individual issue, despite emerging evidence that the college environment contributes to the initiation of drug use for the majority of college drug users.  College is the ideal setting for innovative, campus-wide programming aimed at preventing and reducing drug use among college students, but these efforts remain few and far between. This new guide is intended to bridge that gap, by providing a roadmap for college -and university-based prevention professionals to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, from students to administrators, to address campus-wide drug misuse issues.

U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration

January 2020

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