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See a list of DEA and non-DEA publications related to drug use and the college population below.

Prevention Guide small thumbnailPrevention with Purpose: A Strategic Planning Guide for Preventing Drug Misuse Among College Students

This guide provides 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. Read more.


heroin fact sheet thumbnailDo You Think Marijuana is Legal? Think Again. (POSTER)

Want to spread the word about the consequences of marijuana use on campus? Print out this poster to post around campus.

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Do You Think Prescription Drugs Can't Be Addictive? Think Again. (POSTER)

Want to spread the word about the consequences prescription drug misuse? Print out this poster to post around campus.


heroin fact sheet thumbnailDrug Fact Sheets

These printable drug fact sheets (all PDFs) serve as convenient, handy resources that are easy to distribute. Read more.

'How to Properly Dispose of Your Unused Medicines' thumnailHow to Properly Dispose of Your Unused Medicines

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue. The Drug Enforcement Administration provides guidance on the right way to dispose of unused medicine. Read more.


cannabis factcard thumbnailWhat You Should Know about Cannabis Use among College Students

This fact card highlights the prevalence of marijuana use among college students, marijuana’s status under federal law, consequences of marijuana use, things you can do to prevent marijuana use, and resources. Read more.

prescriptiondrugmisuse_smallthumb.jpgWhat You Should Know about Prescription Drug Misuse among College Students

This fact card highlights the prevalence of prescription drug misuse among college students, consequences of prescription drug misuse, things you can do to prevent prescription drug misuse, and resources. Read more.

Drug Slang thumbnailSlang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel

This DEA Intelligence Report contains new and updated information on slang terms and code words from a variety of law enforcement and open sources, and serves as an updated version to the product entitled “Drug Slang Code Words” published by DEA in May 2017. It is designed as a ready reference for law enforcement personnel who are confronted with hundreds of slang terms and code words used to identify a wide variety of controlled substances, designer drugs, synthetic compounds, measurements, locations, weapons, and other miscellaneous terms relevant to the drug trade. Although every effort was made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information presented, due to the dynamics of the ever-changing drug scene, subsequent additions, deletions, and corrections are inevitable. Future addenda and updates to this report will attempt to capture changed terminology to the furthest extent possible. This compendium of slang terms and code words is alphabetically ordered, with new additions presented in italic text, and identifies drugs and drug categories in English and foreign language derivations. Read more.

Preventing Marijuana Use among Youth and Young Adults coverPreventing Marijuana Use among Youth and Young Adults

This publication provides an overview of the prevalence of marijuana use among youth and young adults; the physical, academic, and social consequences; tips for how to get involved to prevent marijuana use among youth and young adults; and federal resources to assist in such efforts. Read more.  

DrugFacilitated_thumbDrug-Facilitated Sexual Assault 

This brochure produced by the DEA’s Victim Witness Assistance Program provides information on the various drugs used in sexual assaults, warning signs of being drugged, what to do if you think you or a friend may have been drugged, and resources. Read more. 

Drugs of Abuse 2020 coverDrugs of Abuse (2020)

This publication delivers clear, scientific information about drugs in a factual, straightforward way. It covers topics including the Controlled Substances Act and introduces drug classes including narcotics, stimulants, marijuana/cannabis, inhalants, steroids, and more. Read more.


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Non-DEA Publications

The Academic Opportunity Costs of Substance Use During College

This report was created by the Center on Young Adult Health and Development (CYAHD).The center was established in 2009 at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and is the "one of the first such centers in the United States specifically dedicated to understanding the health and development of young adults," according to their report. Read more.

AddressingCollegeDrinkingandDrugUse_thumbAddressing College Drinking and Drug Use

This guide seeks to provide the latest data on substance use among college students, reframe prevention efforts around the university’s academic mission, and help trustees and university leadership change their campus cultures through evidence-based practices. ​Read more.


Behavioral Health Among College coverBehavioral Health among College Students Information and Resource Kit

This kit discusses the consequences of substance misuse among college students, including the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It explores various causational factors such as peer pressure, stress, social norms, and advertising messages. Read more.


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Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly, causing institutions of higher education (IHEs) to evaluate and plan for numerous “what if” scenarios. These guidelines released by the American College Health Association, are based on information about COVID-19 that is known today. Read more.


Thumbnail photo of cover of 'The Effects of Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization on Campus Safety at Institutions of Higher EducationThe Effects of Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization on Campus Safety at Institutions of Higher Education

The number of institutions of higher education (IHEs) that operate in states where marijuana use is now legal or decriminalized is expanding, and those changes are creating new challenges for campus safety officials at IHEs across the United States. This report provides the findings of a Critical Issues in Campus Public Safety Forum with campus safety leaders, sponsored by the National Center for Campus Public Safety. Read more.

Facing Addiction in America report coverFacing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health 

The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, released in the fall of 2016, reviews what is known about substance misuse and how that knowledge can be used to address substance misuse and related consequences. The Prevention and Recovery chapters includes sections on programs for college students. Read more.

NIAAA factsheetNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism College Drinking Factsheet

Harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the lives of students on campuses across the United States. Read more.


Opioid Prescribing in College Health

The ACHA (American College Health Association) Task Force for Opioid Prescribing in College Health has created these guidelines to further an understanding of the issues surrounding opioid prescribing; review major concepts designed to maximize safety and reduce potential for abuse; and identify possible avenues to assist addicted students with rehabilitation, recovery, and return to the college environment. Read more.


SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework

SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework is a dynamic, data-driven planning process that prevention practitioners can use to understand and more effectively address the substance abuse and related mental health problems facing their communities. Read more.


Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education

In October 2019, the American College Health Association released their updated Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education, which serve as a guiding document for professionals who conduct, support, supervise, or have oversight over departments facilitating health promotion processes on their respective campuses. The Standards of Practice are not intended to be a prescriptive formula; rather, they offer a goal for which health promotion professionals in higher education can strive. The document’s purpose is to serve as a framework for the practice of health promotion in higher education to support student success and well-being. Read more.

StatusofCollegeImpairedDrivingFINALREPORT_thumbThe Status of College Impaired Driving: A National Call to Action

Substance abuse and traffic safety are two of SADD’s key initiatives. As such, SADD has worked to determine the scope of the impaired driving problem, specifically among 18-24-year olds on traditional and non-traditional college campuses. Read more.


StimulantMedicationMisusePrevention_thumbnailStimulant Medication Misuse Prevention: Peer Education Toolkit

This toolkit was created as part of the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA’s work with the Coalition for the Prevention of ADHD Medication Misuse (CPAMM). CPAMM is a collective of associations representing medical providers, individuals with an ADHD diagnosis, mental health providers, student affairs professionals, and peer educators and advisors.  Read more.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention thumbnailSubstance Abuse Prevention and Intervention: An Athletics Tool Kit

Guided by the latest prevention science and deterrence strategies, and with the collaboration of athletics stakeholders and substance abuse prevention experts, this toolkit is designed to support athletics administrators, in partnership with campus colleagues, reduce substance abuse and promote healthy choices that enhance athletic performance and lifelong health. Read more.

What Parents Need to Know About College Binge Drinking

The feeling of sending a grown child off to college for the first time can be described as a strange mixture of pride, relief and severe anxiety. What do parents need to know as their adult child takes this big step? Read this article on the Partnership to End Addiction's website. Read more.



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