Presents facts about substance use among college students aged 18 to 22 using combined data from the 2011 to 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The report includes information about first-time substance use and alcohol and drug use for both full-time and part-time college students.
Considers the degree to which events that intensify partying increase sexual assault. Estimates are based on panel data from campus and local law-enforcement agencies and an identification strategy that exploits plausibly random variation in the timing of Division 1 football games. The estimates indicate that these events increase daily reports of rape with 17-24 year old victims by 28 percent.
Discusses high-risk drinking among college students during the first few weeks of enrollment and why freshmen are particularly vulnerable. The brief provides parents with ways they can help mitigate the problem and resources they can utilize.
Summarizes the relationship between substance use and suicide. The brief also provides state and tribal prevention professionals with information on the scope of the problem, an understanding of traditional barriers to collaboration and current programming, and ways to work together on substance misuse and suicide prevention strategies.