October 2019 – American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released a report in June that calls for a new awareness among higher education leadership on the detrimental impact of alcohol and drug abuse on campus.
Using the latest data, the report reveals the connection between behavioral health and student success. It also provides examples of successful programs and strategies that address the issue.
The report also includes these grim facts:
• Concerns are mounting among scientists regarding cognitive impairment and mental health issues among marijuana users.
• The potency of pot has dramatically increased.
• More than 1,500 students die annually from alcohol-related consequences. In addition, hundreds of thousands experience alcohol poisoning and/or non-fatal injuries.
ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization working for academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. Addressing College Drinking and Drug Use: A Primer for Trustees, Administrators, and Alumni is available as a free download at goacta.org.