2017 NASPA Annual Conference
Nearly 7,000 people ranging from graduates to senior student affairs professionals attended NASPA’s 2017 Annual Conference held on March 11-15, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. NASPA, a leading association for student affairs professionals and a partner of the Coalition to Prevent ADHD Medication Misuse (CPAMM), presented more than 600 educational sessions during the conference. In a session titled “Doesn’t Everyone Take Them at Finals? Developing Normative Messages to Address Diversion and Non-Medical Use of Prescription ADHD Medication,” Dr. Jason Kilmer, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Assistant Director of Health & Wellness for Alcohol and Other Drug Education in the Division of Student Life at the University of Washington, presented his research that looked to better identify student behaviors, attitudes and perceptions toward prescription stimulant medication misuse, abuse and diversion. The research, which was conducted on behalf of NASPA for CPAMM, also included message testing for a forthcoming CPAMM-sponsored social norms campaign and peer-to-peer programming on the issue that will reinforce the positive behavior students are already engaging in.
National Resource Center on ADHD, a Program of CHADD
The National Resource Center on ADHD, a program of CHADD, a Coalition to Prevent ADHD Medication Misuse (CPAMM) partner, recently presented the webinar “Is My High School Student Ready for College? (And Is My College Student Ready to Go Back?)” as part of its Ask The Expert webinar series. The webinar, led by Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, explored the issues that high school and college students with ADHD, as well their families, face as they prepare to enter into a new semester of college. Ari Tuckman discussed issues such as a lack of focus on coursework and studying, a student’s struggle with their newfound independence, poor lifestyle habits developed on campus, and the risk of misusing, abusing and diverting their prescription stimulant medication. Downloadable resources created by CPAMM for parents and caregivers of both students with and without ADHD were made available to webinar attendees after the presentation. They can also be found below.
2015 CPAMM National Summit
Despite press and media coverage of prescription drug abuse, the misuse, abuse and diversion of ADHD prescription stimulant medication remains a serious issue, especially among college students. That’s why CPAMM held a National Summit in Washington, D.C., featuring insightful presentations from leading researchers, conversations involving college students, and breakout sessions to help prevent misuse, abuse and diversion and take action on the issue. The Executive Summary of the Summit, and studies referenced in research as presented by Amelia Arria and David Rabiner, are available for download below.
HECAOD’s 2015 National Meeting
Nearly 200 people from universities and colleges around the country attended the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery’s (HECAOD) 2015 National Meeting at Ohio State University on August 4-6, 2015, which focused on collegiate alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery. On behalf of CPAMM, Ann Quinn-Zobeck, Senior Director of the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA, presented at the conference to provide more information about CPAMM, highlight existing research and insights regarding ADHD medication misuse, abuse and diversion among college students, and share how CPAMM plans to take action on the issue.