Alcohol. Marijuana. Opioids. Vaping. It is not a secret that misuse of these substances and others is a very real, and in some cases, a growing threat on college campuses nationwide. Preventing substance misuse in a college environment requires involvement across all higher education sectors, from the administration, to campus safety, to student affairs. Colleges and universities face unique challenges of working to acknowledge the problem, and then coordinating program resources to address these issues.
If you are working on prevention in a higher education setting and wondering how to unpack the problem, you are not alone. The good news is there are many lessons we can learn from each other within the prevention field, especially in the higher education community, on how to solve issues related to substance misuse on campuses, steps we can take, and examples of past successes to encourage campus communities to move prevention forward.