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Non-DEA Publications

See below for a list of non-DEA publications to help support your efforts in preventing drug use and misuse among college students.


The Guide to the Eight Professional Competencies for Higher Education Substance Misuse Prevention

The Guide to the Eight Professional Competencies for Higher Education Substance Misuse Prevention

The Guide to the Eight Professional Competencies for Higher Education Substance Misuse Prevention was developed to provide a broad understanding of the range of skills necessary for orchestrating comprehensive campus prevention efforts. With the active engagement of seasoned personnel with extensive experience surrounding campus substance misuse prevention efforts, the resulting compilation organizes competencies within eight core areas; further, it provides specific resources helpful for each of these areas and for overall professional development. The guide was prepared by David S. Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development, George Mason University, with funding from the Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center (funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).



Addressing College Drinking and Drug Use

This guide seeks to provide the latest data on substance use among college students, reframe prevention efforts around the university’s academic mission, and help trustees and university leadership change their campus cultures through evidence-based practices. ​Read more.


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Advisory: Prescription Stimulant Misuse Among Youth and Young Adults

This Advisory reviews the evidence on prescription stimulant misuse among youth and young adults. It establishes prescription stimulant misuse as a public health problem, identifies associated risk and protective factors, and provides programs and action steps for stakeholders to prevent misuse. Read more.



Behavioral Health among College Students Information and Resource Kit

This kit discusses the consequences of substance misuse among college students, including the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It explores various causational factors such as peer pressure, stress, social norms, and advertising messages. Read more.



Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly, causing institutions of higher education to evaluate and plan for numerous “what if” scenarios. These guidelines released by the American College Health Association are based on information about COVID-19 that is known today. Read more.



The Effects of Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization on Campus Safety at Institutions of Higher Education

The number of institutions of higher education (IHEs) that operate in states where marijuana use is now legal or decriminalized is expanding, and those changes are creating new challenges for campus safety officials at IHEs across the United States. This report provides the findings of a Critical Issues in Campus Public Safety Forum with campus safety leaders, sponsored by the National Center for Campus Public Safety. Read more.


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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health 

The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, released in the fall of 2016, reviews what is known about substance misuse and how that knowledge can be used to address substance misuse and related consequences. The Prevention and Recovery chapters includes sections on programs for college students. Read


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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism College Drinking Fact Sheet

Harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the lives of students on campuses across the United States. Read more.



Opioid Prescribing in College Health

The American College Health Association Task Force for Opioid Prescribing in College Health has created these guidelines to further an understanding of the issues surrounding opioid prescribing; review major concepts designed to maximize safety and reduce potential for misuse; and identify possible avenues to assist students with an opioid use disorder with rehabilitation, recovery, and return to the college environment. Read more.



Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth

The guide’s goal is to review the literature on prevention of marijuana use among youth, distill the research into recommendations for practice, and provide examples of the ways these recommendations can be implemented. The guide provides considerations and strategies for key stakeholders (including policy makers, community coalitions, businesses, school administrators, educators, and other community members), states, and the prevention workforce to prevent and reduce marijuana use among youth. Read more.


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SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework

SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework is a dynamic, data-driven planning process that prevention professionals can use to understand and more effectively address the substance misuse and related mental health problems facing their communities. Read more.



Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education

In October 2019, the American College Health Association released their updated Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education, which serve as a guiding document for professionals who conduct, support, supervise, or have oversight over departments facilitating health promotion processes on their respective campuses. The Standards of Practice are not intended to be a prescriptive formula; rather, they offer a goal for which health promotion professionals in higher education can strive. The document’s purpose is to serve as a framework for the practice of health promotion in higher education to support student success and well-being. Read more.



The Status of College Impaired Driving: A National Call to Action

Substance misuse and traffic safety are two of SADD’s key initiatives. As such, SADD has worked to determine the scope of the impaired driving problem, specifically among 18- to 24-year-olds on traditional and nontraditional college campuses. Read more.



Stimulant Medication Misuse Prevention: Peer Education Toolkit

This toolkit was created as part of the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA’s work with the Coalition for the Prevention of ADHD Medication Misuse. CPAMM is a collective of associations representing medical providers, individuals with an ADHD diagnosis, mental health providers, student affairs professionals, and peer educators and advisors.  Read more.



Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention: An Athletics Tool Kit

Guided by the latest prevention science and deterrence strategies, and with the collaboration of athletics stakeholders and substance misuse prevention experts, this toolkit is designed to support athletics administrators, in partnership with campus colleagues, reduce substance misuse and promote healthy choices that enhance athletic performance and lifelong health. Read more.



What Parents Need to Know About College Binge Drinking

The feeling of sending a grown child off to college for the first time can be described as a strange mixture of pride, relief, and severe anxiety. What do parents need to know as their adult child takes this big step? Read this article on the Partnership to End Addiction's website. Read more.


SAMHSA Overdose Prevention and Response Toolkit

SAMHSA Overdose Prevention and Response Toolkit

The primary purpose of this toolkit is to educate a broad audience on overdose causes, risks, and signs, as well as the steps to take when witnessing and responding to an overdose. It provides clear, accessible information on opioid overdose reversal medications, such as naloxone. This toolkit serves to complement, not replace, training on overdose prevention and response. It is also intended to augment the use of other overdose prevention tools for community engagement and planning, as well as enhance provider education across multiple practice areas. Read more.