New Guide for Prevention Professionals on College and University Campuses

This guide provides a roadmap for campus- and community-based prevention professionals to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, from students to administrators, to address campus-wide drug misuse issues. 

Prevention with Purpose: A Strategic Planning Guide for Preventing Drug Misuse Among College Students, is now available on Campus Drug Prevention!

For many of the 15.8 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 revised guide, titled Prevention with Purpose: A Strategic Planning Guide for Preventing Drug Misuse Among College Students, 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.

In this 2024 edition of the guide – first published in 2020 – you will find updated data, profiles highlighting real-life stories from campus prevention professionals focused on a unique or innovative approach to the Strategic Prevention Framework, ideas for building considerations of cultural factors into each step of the SPF, and five strategies for success during times of disruption to campus life.

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Video: Prevention with Purpose Web Series

These videos feature prominent members of the prevention field highlighting each step of the Strategic Prevention Framework. Watch.

Supplemental Resources

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Prevention with Purpose Supplemental Resources

Check out this list of substance misuse prevention resources for different groups on campus:

Prevention with Purpose: A Resource for Community and Technical Colleges

Prevention with Purpose: A Resource for Campus Police and Public Safety Personnel

Prevention with Purpose: A Resource for Faculty Members

Prevention with Purpose: A Resource for Presidents and Senior Administrators

Prevention with Purpose: A Resource for Student Affairs Professionals

Prevention with Purpose: Campus Health/Counseling Center Administrators

Prevention with Purpose: Working with Community Coalitions

Prevention with Purpose: Considering Culture Throughout the Strategic Prevention Framework

Prevention with Purpose: Promoting Shared Responsibility Using a Collective Impact Framework

Prevention with Purpose: A Resource for Engaging Student-Led Organizations

 

Prevention with Purpose: Advice for Established and Emerging College AOD Misuse Prevention Professionals: A Conversation with Dolores Cimini, University at Albany

In this excerpt from the 2020 edition of Prevention with Purpose, we provide an inside look at the lessons learned by a prevention professional with a history of addressing AOD misuse among college students. Advice for both established and new professionals is provided.

Read more.