Prevention with Purpose: A Strategic Planning Guide for Preventing Drug Misuse Among College Students [open pdf - 5MB]
From the Introduction: "Students often cite four main reasons that college campuses provide a rich environment for drug experimentation: (1) ease of drug availability, (2) lack of parental infuence, (3) normalization of drug use among peers, and (4) low perceived risk of harm from drug use. However, for college students who engage in drug use, the personal and academic costs can be high, even more for drug use than for alcohol use, leading to gaps in enrollment, prolonged time to graduation, and even failure to graduate. Numerous studies have found an inverse relationship between consuming drugs intended to treat attention defcit and hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) (e.g., Adderall and Ritalin) as study aids and academic success. In other words, nonmedical use of prescription stimulants does not improve academic performance. For a small minority of students, college drug experimentation leads to lifelong struggles with addiction."
Campus Drug Prevention: https://www.campusdrugprevention.gov/