Substance misuse and violence are both key concerns in campus communities. But what about the overlap of these issues? The Drug Enforcement Administration recently engaged Prevention Solutions at Education Development Center to create a planning guide to preventing drug misuse among college students. This forthcoming guide lays out a strategic and systematic approach to substance misuse prevention that also can serve as a roadmap for addressing the overlap of drug and alcohol abuse with violence.
Take a Strategic and Data-driven Approach
Decades of research find that campus prevention programs are most effective when they have clear and focused aims, are comprehensive, and tailored to the community and social context of the campus. Strategic planning does not have to be a cumbersome, years-long process. However, taking some time to examine local data and define the problems that need solving allows campuses to focus their efforts and use resources wisely.