This page contains the most recent data about drug use among college students.

2018 College Prescription Drug Study

The College Prescription Drug Study is a multi-institutional survey of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. It examines non-medical prescription drug use, including the reasons for and consequences of use, access to prescription drugs, and perceptions of use among students. The CPDS’s purpose is to understand the non-medical use of prescription drugs among college students. It was developed and administered as a collaboration between The Ohio State University’s Center for the Study of Student Life, Student Life Student Wellness Center, and the College of Pharmacy. Read more.

Connected College Health Network

The American College Health Association's Connected College Health Network is a multi-year project to advance educational achievement and health equity among young adults attending institutions of higher education throughout the United States through the creation of a college health national data project. Read.


National Drug Threat Assessment

The 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment is a comprehensive assessment of the threat posed to the United States by the trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs, the diversion and abuse of licit drugs, and the laundering of proceeds generated through illicit drug sales. It also addresses the role domestic groups, including organized violent gangs, serve in domestic drug trafficking. Read.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health

This report summarizes key findings from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health for national indicators of substance use and mental health among people aged 12 years old or older in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States. Read.

Monitoring the Future, Volume 2 (College Students)

Monitoring the Future is a research program conducted at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research under a series of grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study comprises several ongoing series of annual surveys of nationally representative samples of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students, and high school graduates followed into adulthood. Read.

National College Health Assessment

The American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment  is a nationally recognized survey that assists colleges and universities collect data about their students’ health habits, including alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; mental health; and personal safety and violence. Read.

NCAA National Study of Substance Use Habits of College Student-Athletes

The National College Athletics Association’s quadrennial report provides current and historical information concerning levels of student-athlete drug and alcohol use. The studies also analyze why student-athletes do or do not use specific substances, when they started to use drugs, and their attitudes regarding drug use and drug testing. Read.



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