College Event Toolkit

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.

Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2015 infographic
Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2015 infographic

While alcohol remains very popular on college campuses, college students are more likely to smoke marijuana daily than drink every day, complicating the potential health and cognitive effects of substance use by college students.

Recent findings in NIDA’s annual Monitoring the Future survey suggest that a growing number of college students do not think regular marijuana use is harmful, underscoring the need to disseminate science-based facts to this population of young adults. 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.

However, 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.

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

Orange County Drug Free Coalitions Youth Prevention Summit.

University of North Texas, NDAFW

University of North Texas

Held an information fair for NDAFW.

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.