This page contains the most recent data about drug use among college students.

2022 College Prescription Drug Study

The College Prescription Drug Study (CPDS) is a multi-institutional survey of undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The CPDS examines non-medical prescription drug use, including the reasons for and consequences of use, perceived access to prescription drugs and perceptions of use among students. The purpose of the CPDS is to understand the non-medical use of prescription drugs among college students. The CPDS was developed as a collaboration between The Ohio State University’s Center for the Study of Student Life, Student Wellness Center, and College of Pharmacy. The 2022 CPDS was administered by the College of Pharmacy. Read more.

Connected College Health Network

The American College Health Association's Connected College Health Network is a multi-year project to advance educational achievement and health equity among young adults attending institutions of higher education throughout the United States through the creation of a college health national data project. Read more.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health

This report summarizes key findings from the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health for national indicators of substance use and mental health among people aged 12 years old or older in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States. Read more.

Monitoring the Future (College Students)

Monitoring the Future is a research program conducted at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research under a series of grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study comprises several ongoing series of annual surveys of nationally representative samples of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students, and high school graduates followed into adulthood. Read more.

National College Health Assessment

The American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment  is a nationally recognized survey that assists colleges and universities collect data about their students’ health habits, including alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; mental health; and personal safety and violence. Read more.

NCAA National Study of Substance Use Habits of College Student-Athletes

The National College Athletics Association’s quadrennial report provides current and historical information concerning levels of student-athlete drug and alcohol use. The studies also analyze why student-athletes do or do not use specific substances, when they started to use drugs, and their attitudes regarding drug use and drug testing. Read more.


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