College drug use statistics

Where can you find the most up to date college drug use statistics? Top 5 sources here.

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Top 5 sources for college drug use statistics

College drug use statistics are tracked by both government and private sector organizations.  Here, we present the Top 5 sources for tracking information about college drug use.  We invite your questions and comments about college drug use in the comments section at the end.

1. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Managed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality…this annual report is a doozy. The NSDUH is an annual effort that attempts to take the pulse on drug use and addiction issues across the U.S. It is a household survey whose results are reported to Congress. Reliable? I’d say so. You can download the most recent NSDUH by searching SAMHSA publications online: store [dot] samhsa [dot] gov

2. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

The NCHS is an excellent way to access inter-governmental data about Public Health concerns. In addition to the National Vital Statistics System which describes mortality rates and their causes in the U.S., the NCHS offers Fast Stats, Vital Stats, and many tools and resources for college drug use statistics research.

3. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Check out the trends in drug use and get a broader perspective on drug abuse from this NIH (National Institutes of Health) division. In addition to the NIDA website with a searchable index of drug related topics, you can find statistics and trends specific to college, university and adolescent drug use. Furthermore, NIDA sponsors Research Reports and has created reports specific to the abuse of prescription drugs among college aged youth.

4. Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)

The DAWN publications which are published on the SAMHSA website monitor drug-related hospital emergency visits and drug-related deaths to track the impact of drug use, misuse, and abuse in the U.S. You can search for drug-related visits to hospital ER s across the Nation as a whole and for selected metropolitan areas. The DAWN reports are broken down into Emergency Department Publications, Mortality Publications and Special Topics collected from public health institutions. Special topics summarize findings on topics of interest or focus on particular metropolitan areas.

5. Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS)

Managed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the ARCOS annual reports present drug sales information from manufacturers and distributors of prescription medications by State. This information is helpful in understanding the market for prescription drugs and getting

EXTRA: College Drinking and Drug Use, the book

With over 30 contributors and hundreds of references to college drug use studies, this collection of research statistics is the current go-to-reference for findings and questions about college drug use. You will find statistics and analysis of college drug use here, plus the foremost research on drug abuse prevention. The editors also include chapters about policy and psycho-social implications of college drug use. A must read for anyone who works with college students in a university, clinical, or research setting. Or anyone who wants to learn about drug use and accompanying issues in the collegiate population.

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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