Decades of research have examined the effectiveness of in-person prevention efforts to address substance misuse among college students. In response to COVID-19, schools have shifted to remote learning environments, making in-person prevention efforts challenging for many campuses. This situation pushes alcohol and other drug prevention professionals to consider what our work looks like in the virtual space. What are the best methods to reach our students while remaining physically distant? How can we implement effective prevention strategies when our students, once located on our campus, are spread across the nation and around the world? Where do we go from here and what do we need to know?
While this new landscape is largely unknown, current prevention practices can offer some guidance. Here are some points for consideration: