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The Student Center

Welcome to the Student Center! Here you can find facts about drug use and misuse among college students, ways you can help a friend that is struggling with drug misuse or addiction, prevention resources, and more.

Video: Overview of the Student Center

Rich Lucey, Senior Prevention Program Manager in DEA's Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section, discusses's Student Center section. Watch.

One Pill Can Kill

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In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the availability of counterfeit prescription pills laced with either fentanyl or methamphetamine. According to DEA lab tests, 7 out of 10 fentanyl-laced pills contain a lethal dose of the synthetic opioid.

To learn more about the dangers of counterfeit pills visit DEA's One Pill Can Kill page.

Also, check out our article "How Schools Educate Students About Fake Pills" to learn how campuses across the nation are spreading information about the dangers of counterfeit pills.

Peer Education Portal

Are you passionate about teaching your fellow students about health and safety matters surrounding alcohol and other drug use? The Student Center has created the Peer Education Portal as a resource for students. Check it out!



Fentanyl Quiz
Proper Drug Disposal
Fact or Fiction? Take the Drug Quiz
DEA Quiz
Red Ribbon Week Quiz


15 Things the Cannabis Industry Doesn't Want You to Know
Avoiding Edibles at Parties
Fact or Fiction: Finding the Truth Online about Drug Information 
Cannabis on Campus? Not Allowed

How to Help a Friend

It’s difficult to have a conversation with someone on campus you suspect might have a drug problem, especially if it is someone you have a close relationship with, such as a roommate, teammate, classmate, or coworker. Check out  this article for some ways you can prepare and proceed. 


Fact Cards

Marijuana use and the misuse of prescription drugs are significant issues on many campuses across the nation. Check out the fact cards below for quick stats on the problem (click on each image to open the PDFs)

2022 Cannabis factcard




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Want to spread the word about the consequences of marijuana and prescription drug misuse? Print out these posters below to post around campus.
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The publication below 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.


Non-DEA Publications

This guide provides you with the steps to get your chapter started and some suggestions for activities you can organize on campus. The success of prevention efforts hinges on many individuals and departments working together. Be sure to seek out who is responsible for managing your campus’s efforts to prevent drug use and misuse, and ask them to collaborate with you on your student-led efforts:

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) General College Campus Start-Up Guide

Information From Other Websites

General Information About Alcohol and Other Drugs

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at NIH (

Mixing Prescriptions and Alcohol

Harmful Interactions (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)


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"The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research" (National Academies)

Marijuana Edibles Fact Sheet (County of Los Angeles Public Health)
Marijuana and Public Health (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
"Marijuana use trajectories and academic outcomes among college students." (National Institutes of Health)

Prescription Drugs

Prescription Stimulants (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Ritalin Abuse (Health Day)

Drug Facts: Prescription Opioids (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Prescription opioid use is a risk factor for heroin use (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Video: My Smart Dose/ (Alabama Department of Mental Health)

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