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If you are interested in an event that focuses on reaching college-age young adults, here are links to resources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and others.

Recent findings in NIDA’s annual Monitoring the Future survey show that daily marijuana use is at the highest it has been since the early 1980s for college-age young adults. These findings are significant and highlight the potential health and cognitive effects of substance use in this age group. For example, science tells us regular recreational marijuana use interferes with academic and athletic success as well as other aspects of functioning and well-being.

The survey also found that alcohol use remains high in this age group, with college students appearing to drink more alcohol than their non-college peers. Young adults not enrolled in college appear to have higher rates of use for many illicit drugs, including marijuana, synthetic marijuana, and methamphetamine. However, college students appear to have higher rates of amphetamine misuse, such as Ritalin and Adderall, suggesting the trend of using these drugs to increase academic performance. However, there is no evidence that these substances increase performance long-term.

There is a lot of misinformation about drug and alcohol use being distributed to college-age young adults through popular culture, the Internet, TV, movies, contemporary music and social media. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is an opportunity to share science based information with these young people who are eager to learn more. This week- long observance is coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

If your college is interested in holding an event during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, we have resources to assist you in your planning.

Find an Expert: If you choose to have a expert at your event, use these tips for finding the right person: Adult Advisors and Sponsors for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®.

Federal Resources for College-Age Young People

NOTE: All resources are available online only unless otherwise indicated.

Multimedia and Interactive Resources

College Addiction Studies Programs

Activity Ideas

Check out the images below to see what colleges have been doing for NDAFW! Click on the images for more information about the event.

LinkedIn Group

Columbia College

In Orange County, FL

University of North Texas, NDAFW

University of North Texas

In Denton, TX

Need more ideas? Check out the Get Activity Ideas page, photos from past events on our Flickr page, and events on our View Events Map page.