October 18, 2017

A rising number of college students view marijuana as safe, but university administrators believe the drug can have negative effects, a new survey found. 

WTOP reported on the survey released Tuesday at a national forum on college student substance use at the University of Maryland College Park.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Institute and the Mary Christie Foundation hosted the forum, in collaboration with the UMD School of Public Health. It featured a facilitated discussion among a panel of college presidents and university system heads. The Mary Christie Foundation and the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy conducted the study in conjunction with the National Association of System Heads.  

Dr. Amelia Arria, director of our Center on Young Adult Health and Development, was a featured presenter at the forum. A live recording has been archived online. 

“The primary mission of every institution of higher education is to promote student success,” Dr. Arria told WTOP. “These new data indicate that marijuana use is a barrier to student achievement.”

Seven in 10 college administrators said that the number of students with marijuana-related problems either increased or stayed the same during the past three years, the survey said.

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