Resources for Colleges and Universities

The Ohio College Initiative at Prevention Action Alliance is dedicated to giving Ohio’s colleges and universities the resources, strategies, and support they need to improve health and wellness for their students. When young people have the support they need, they not only live healthier lives, but they’re happier and more productive members of their campus community as well as do better in school.

Here, we’ve compiled a number of resources available to colleges and universities.

Government Resources

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention & Recovery

The premier alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery resource for colleges and universities across the nation. HECAOD is a collaboration between Ohio State’s College of Social Work, College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Life, Generation Rx Initiative, and the Collegiate Recovery Community.


An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA )

Provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by: conducting and supporting research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment; coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcohol-related issues; collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work; translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public.

Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol & Your Health

A program of NIAAA geared towards adults who drink more than low-risk guidelines.  Rethinking Drinking provides evidence-based information for all of these people, along with support for making a change. is your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students and is a resource of NIAAA.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.  This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.

American College Health Association

Provides an array of programs and services that address the many health issues affecting this important group, including alcohol, tobacco, and drug use, nutrition, sexual health, violence, vaccine preventable diseases, and mental health and geared for those working in college health to promote and maintain the health and well-being of the nation’s post-secondary students.

NASPA Alcohol & Other Drug Knowledge Community

Provides an institutionalized and ongoing structure within NASPA to discuss issues around alcohol and other drugs on campus and serves as a resource for both members of NASPA and other alcohol and drug focused groups that are addressing this ever-present issue in environments.


A membership organization of over 5,000 anti-drug coalitions, each working to make their community safe, healthy, and drug-free.

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Includes a renewed emphasis on community-based prevention programs, early intervention programs in healthcare settings, aligning criminal justice policies and public health systems to divert non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail, funding scientific research on drug use, and, through the Affordable Care Act, expanding access to substance abuse treatment.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

Serves as a focal point for the examination of alcohol and other drug related issues of common interest to both other national organizations and federal agencies. provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.

Fact Sheets

Alcohol Use on Campuses

Negative Consequences of High-Risk Drinking


Prescription Drug Misuse


Other Drugs

Other Resources

Calendar of Higher Education Events – Dozens of colleges and universities are members of the Ohio College Initiative to Enhance Student Wellness. Meet the There are various calendar observances each year that are of interest to colleges and campuses on this webpage.

Information for Parents – Parents often think that what they say doesn’t matter when it comes to their child’s alcohol or drug use, but research strongly shows that parents have influence over these choices. Parents can take an active role in preventing high-risk drinking and its negative consequences.