Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery to Provide Substance Abuse Resources to Ohio Colleges


The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery at The Ohio State University and Drug Free Action Alliance are excited to announce a partnership to provide substance abuse resources and support for colleges and universities in Ohio. This partnership will establish a strong connection between the Ohio College Initiative to Reduce High Risk Drinking (founded through Drug Free Action Alliance in 1996) and the newly formed Higher Education Center.

“We are very excited about this collaboration. We believe this is an opportunity to make Ohio a model state for other colleges and universities around the country. It builds on the expertise of both the Higher Education Center and Drug Free Action Alliance and will continue the long tradition of effective alcohol and drug misuse prevention in Ohio,” notes Dr. John Clapp, Director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery.

“I am proud to count The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery as a partner in the work that we do in Ohio,” said Marcie Seidel, Executive Director of Drug Free Action Alliance.  “This partnership will provide colleges and universities across the country with sound strategies and valuable resources as they do the valuable work to keep students safe and healthy.”

The misuse of alcohol and other drugs on college campuses is a serious public health problem, and these behaviors impact students at a variety of levels, from academic failures to delayed advancement due to injury, student conduct issues, or diminished academic engagement. Heavy alcohol consumption remains the most serious public health problem among U.S. college students, with over 1,800 deaths each year and 700,000 injuries attributed to heavy drinking (Hingson et al., 2009). And drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. (CDC). Someone dies from a drug overdose approximately every 15 minutes in our country, and traditional college students are at the age when the misuse of prescription drugs often begins.

This partnership will position the Ohio College Initiative as a platform for modeling the alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery programs of Drug Free Action Alliance as well as the Higher Education Center, and a shared prevention specialist (Ms. Cindy Clouner) has been hired to manage this initiative. This partnership will provide education and training, research and evaluation, technical assistance, and technology development to colleges and universities for prevention and recovery efforts.

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Recovery has been established to assist collegiate communities in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies to reduce problems experienced by students related to alcohol and other drug misuse. The Center is a collaboration between the College of Social Work, College of Pharmacy, and Office of Student Life at the Ohio State University, with major funding from the Hilton Foundation.


Drug Free Action Alliance is a statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization founded in 1987. It delivers up-to-date information and initiatives to support those working to prevent substance abuse throughout the State of Ohio and beyond. With a primary focus on youth, Drug Free Action Alliance also promotes healthy lifestyles for all Ohioans by forming partnerships with businesses, community leaders, substance abuse prevention specialists, law enforcement, school personnel, and parents.


The Ohio College Initiative to Reduce High Risk Drinking was established in 1996 to reduce high-risk drinking and other substance misuse through campus/community collaborations and the implementation of strategies to promote healthier campus environments. The Ohio College Initiative offers trainings, resources, site visits and networking opportunities.