Drugs and Alcohol Fact Week

Join us January 21-25, 2020 for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, a health observance week that aims to SHATTER THE MYTHS about smoking, drug and alcohol use.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is committed to promoting a healthy campus and providing resources that promote the health and wellbeing of our students. In collaboration with Campus Life Service’s Integrated Health Committee, our newest health initiative aims to provide evidence-based research on smoking, drugs and alcohol to our future health professionals at UMB. Throughout the week, the UMB community will be exposed to experts to counteract the myths about smoking, drugs and alcohol.

There is a lot of misinformation about substance use being distributed to college-age young adults through popular culture, the Internet, TV, movies, contemporary music and social media. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is an opportunity to share science based information with young people who are eager to learn more. The national health observance was launched in 2010 and is coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). For more information on National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® visit the Web site: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week, email drugfacts@nida.nih.gov  or call 301­443-­1124.

Monitoring the Future. Newly released Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey data on drug use in college-age adults ages 19-22 shows an increase in marijuana use in the past five years, including vaping with marijuana, as well as a significant increase in nicotine vaping. Check out the most recent results, including patterns of marijuana and alcohol use, nicotine use, and non-medical use of prescription drugs. It also covers newer trends, such as e-vaporizers and hookahs. New this year, the survey identified statistics related to e-vaporizer use of nicotine and marijuana separately from other smoking forms. 2018 Survey Results Now Available: Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2018. Volume II: College students and adults ages 19-50 (PDF, 11MB) 

Partnerships are vital for our health initiatives. Health Initiatives are not possible without the amazing work of our student organizations who have participate in our health initiatives, including Community Health Addictions Team (CHAT), Scholars for Recovery, and Students Promoting Awareness (SPA). Thank you to all our student services and community experts for your support including the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, The Haven at College, Maryland Department of Health, UMB’s Student Counseling Center and the Wellness Hub.