Other Drugs/Substance Use
This page is an index of ACHA and other resources on this topic. Resources include association projects, programs, publications, guidelines, and more. Additional information may be available under “External Resources.”
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Coalition
Provides multidisciplinary, multiregional education, advocacy, and research on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
ACHA-National College Health Assessment
The ACHA-NCHA is a nationally recognized research survey that provides precise data about students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. Data from this survey covers smoking habits, contraception use, mental health issues, relationship difficulties, sexual behaviors, exercise habits, preventive health practices, perceptions of drug and alcohol use, and more.
ACHA Brochures for Young Adults
ACHA Guidelines: Drug Education and Testing of Student Athletes [pdf]
Provides guidance for developing campus drug education and testing programs for student athletes
Use and Misues of Stimulants: A Guide for School Health Professionals
This ACHA Professional Development Program was created to increase college health providers’ awareness of the prevalence and seriousness of prescription stimulant misuse among U.S. students, strategies to identify and counsel those students engaging in stimulant misuse, and appropriate methods for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD.
ACHA thanks its committee, coalition, task force, and section volunteers for providing resources and links concerning this topic. ACHA does not endorse or accept responsibility for the content or use of external websites.
General Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs/Substance Use Resource
Above the Influence
Sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Comprehensive database for information on numerous substances, including effects, statistics, prevention and treatment, crime, and personal stories.
Sponsored by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. Searchable database for general information on numerous substances, including risks, scientific research, symptoms, dangers of prescription drug use, and additional resources.
The Coalition of Higher Education Associations for Substance Abuse Prevention (CoHEASAP)
(formerly the Inter-Association Task Force on Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Issues)
Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)
CAS has been the pre-eminent force for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs since its inception in 1979. The CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education (7th edition) is available at the CAS website.
ACHA Liaison to CAS:
Paula L. Swinford, MS, MHA, CHES
University of Southern California
CAS Standards: The Role of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Programs (accessible by ACHA members only)
Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)
The DAWN is a public health surveillance system that monitors drug-related hospital emergency department (ED) visits and drug-related deaths to track the impact of drug use, misuse, and abuse in the U.S.
Monitoring the Future
An ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults.
NIDA: Easy-to-Read Drug Facts
This easy–to–read NIDA website talks about drug abuse, addiction, and treatment.
NIDA: Prevention Research
Provides a research-based approach to preventing drug use in children and adolescents.
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
The NSDUH provides yearly national and state-level data on the use of alcohol, tobacco, illicit and prescription drugs in the U.S.
Pacific Institute of Research & Evaluation (PIRE)
Overview of key topics related to drugs. Also includes links to published articles within each topic area.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)
Comprehensive database of publications on various substances.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency: Federal Trafficking Penalties
Concise description of drug schedules, prescription drug names, and penalties affiliated with federal offenses.