About College-Age & Young Adults
This section features the most recent Monitoring the Future (MTF) national survey results on substance use in college-age adults ages 19 to 22. Download the full 2021 Monitoring the Future Panel Study Annual Report - National Data on Substance Use Among Adults Aged 19-60, 1976-2021.(PDF, 2.7 MB) [Monitoringthefuture.org] report.
This section also has resources for students, parents, educators, dorm supervisors, counselors, clinicians, and researchers who work with this age group.
- Marijuana and hallucinogen use among young adults reached all time-high in 2021 (August 2022)
- Marijuana use at historic high among college-aged adults in 2020 (
- Vaping, marijuana use in 2019 rose in college-age adults (
- Marijuana use at historic highs among college-age adults (
- Daily use of marijuana among non-college young adults at all time high (September 2018)
Thinking about a career in Addiction Science?
- Summer Internship Program at the NIH
- About the Addiction Medicine Subspecialty
- College Addiction Studies Programs (this page has been discontinued)
Interested in holding an event during National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week® that focuses on reaching college-age young adults?
- What is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week®?
- Prevention Profiles: Take Five - Dr. Nora Volkow (NIDA) (Podcast, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Campus Drug Prevention)
Resources for College Students and Parents
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Campus Drug Prevention
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA): College Women’s Campaign – Provides information on health topics such as safe medication use, sleep problems, and birth control. Sample messages are also provided for student leaders and college health professionals to use in their outreach.
- American College Health Association: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs/Substance Use – Features an index of ACHA and other resources on this topic. Resources include association projects, programs, publications, guidelines, and more.
- Behavioral Health among College Students Information & Resource Kit (PDF, 7MB)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- The College Life Study at the Center on Young Adult Health and Development – Highlights an NIH-funded project at the University of Maryland that aims to understand the health-related behaviors of young adults during a critical life transition.
- MEDLINEplus Health Information on Substance Use Disorders (National Library of Medicine, NIH)
- Healthfinder.gov (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Clinical trials are research studies in human volunteers conducted to answer specific health questions. Learn about the NIDA-sponsored clinical trials available to you