The Opioid Crisis: The Impacts and Effects in Higher Education

with David Arnold, Maureen Hawkins, Dr. Leila S. Jabbour, Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal

About This Course

The national opioid crisis has made front-page headlines– but how are colleges and universities responding? This live briefing will give an overview of the problem, discuss trends, and provide best practices for administrators to understand and respond.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2018), more than 115 people each day die in the United States after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to these substances - which include prescription pain relievers, synthetic opioids like fentanyl, and heroin – have led to a national public health crisis. How did we get here, and how do we move forward? What role should colleges and universities play in response to their students and local communities? 

Join us for a panel discussion of experts in the higher education field about how colleges and universities are meeting this challenge. Discussion will center around how this problem originated, discuss trend data, as well as approaches and best practices for prevention and response education. Our institutions are not immune from this national crisis – and we must be able to understand the challenge to meet it head on.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this live briefing, participants will: 

  • identify the problems that led to the national opioid crisis and the current challenges that are faced;
  • examine trend data and recognize how the approach to opioid education has evolved over time; and
  • learn from top researchers and practitioners in the field who will share successful strategies for prevention education and response to opioids on-campus.                   

Accessing the Presentation

Once you complete your registration, you will be able to access the course by clicking on the "Login" button at the top of this page (or any page on

  • You will be asked to login with your NASPA user name and password. Once you have done so, you will hit continue and be redirected to your dashboard in the Online Learning Community.

  • You will find the session listed under "Enrolled."

  • This session is recorded. By clicking into, "Contents," you will find the session recording, resources, and PowerPoint slides. You may view the materials as many times as you'd like, at whatever pace you would like.

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