The focus on substance-use education has grown in recent years as researchers learn more about use patterns and outcomes. Here are just a few of the more effective programs and resources designed for the college population:
APPLE is a University of Virginia-led program to promote student-athlete health and wellness. The university’s Center for Alcohol and Substance Education annually hosts two APPLE conferences, which are training symposiums dedicated to substance-abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics administrators. The goal of the conferences is to help schools promote student-athlete health by empowering teams of student-athletes and administrators to create institution-specific action plans. A program designed specifically for NCAA Division II schools is set to launch in 2015. For more information, visit http://apple.studenthealth.virginia.edu.
CHOICES Grant Program
This program provides funding for NCAA member institutions and conferences to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. NCAA CHOICES projects must partner athletics with other campus departments in the development and implementation of effective alcohol-education projects. For more information, visit http://www.ncaa.org/health-and-safety/policy/ncaa-choices-grants.
National Center for Drug Free Sport
Drug Free Sport provides drug-testing services as well as drug-education and drug-screening programs. For more information, visit http://www.drugfreesport.com.
myPlaybook is an interactive, web-based program for high school and collegiate student-athletes designed to prevent alcohol and other drug-related harm. The collegiate program consists of lessons on NCAA-banned substances and drug testing, alcohol, marijuana, performance-enhancing drugs/dietary supplements, tobacco and prescription/over-the-counter drugs. For more information, visit http://athletewellness.uncg.edu/myplaybook/
A collaborative between the NCAA and NASPA (the trade group for student affairs professionals in higher education), 360 Proof is a new program designed primarily to address alcohol abuse, though it could evolve into a program that addresses other substance abuse as well. The long-term goals are to help campuses establish the infrastructure necessary to effectively use and sustain a prevention and intervention program over time. The name, 360 Proof, is in one sense a play on a reference to alcohol but also an acknowledgement that the “proof” of the program’s effectiveness is in its empirical research. The “360” represents the full-circle nature of campus involvement. The program relies heavily on the “Personalized Feedback Intervention,” which is an online instrument that, after a brief survey, provides feedback to students about their behavior and that of their peers. The program currently is being developed for NCAA Division III schools but could expand to other divisions in the future. For more information, visit http://www.360proof.org.