Partners in Prevention Topic Areas

Alcohol Use

Alcohol use among college students is often seen as a “rite of passage” and most Missouri college students (75%) have consumed alcohol in the past year.


For college students who drive vehicles while on campus, it is imperative that they are concerned with their driving habits that keep themselves and others safe.

Illegal Drugs

Drug use among college students is prevalent, due to factors such as increased freedom, unstructured free time, and perceived norms of college life. However, drug use is associated with adverse academic and health outcomes.

Interpersonal Violence

Interpersonal violence is a serious public health issue affecting college students. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. It is important to implement trauma-informed care on campuses.

Health Equity

Prevention is a justice and equity issue. Certain communities and populations are impacted differently by substance misuse, mental health concerns, and interpersonal violence on college campuses and throughout their lifetime.


Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-34 year-olds and approximately 1,100 college students die by suicide each year. College students may be at a high risk for suicide due to a variety of factors. 

Cannabis Use

Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug by college students. Approximately one third (29%) of Missouri college students have used cannabis in the past year.


While most people handle recreational gambling in a responsible and controlled manner, it can become an overwhelming addiction for many others.

Mental Health

College students’ mental health may be at risk due to the changes in environment and added stresses of college life. Untreated mental health concerns can create many problems for students.

Prescription Drug Misuse

Prescription drug misuse is a largely unaddressed and fast growing issue among college students. There are many serious health and legal dangers of misusing controlled substances without a prescription.


Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) across the country provide support and resources to help students in recovery balance their sobriety and education while still having an authentic college experience.


Approximately 25% of Missouri college students reported tobacco/nicotine use in the past year. The rise of alternate forms of tobacco (e-cigarettes, hookah, etc.) tobacco continues to be a large public health concern.

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