Principal Investigator(s): Arria, Amelia
Sponsor: NIH - NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

This project seeks to understand the risk factors associated with the onset and continuation of drug use during and after college, and to describe the long-term academic, social, and behavioral consequences of drug use among a longitudinal cohort of college students. The investigators followed a group of more than 1,200 individuals over 10 years, beginning with their college entry in 2004. This study is one of the first large-scale scientific investigations aimed at discovering the impact of health-related behaviors during the college experience. The four specific aims in the post-college period are to:

  • Study the persistence of drug use trajectories, including the resolution of drug problems and development of dependence
  • Understand how college drug use might interfere with achieving developmental milestones such as occupational goals and adaptive social support structures
  • Examine the reciprocal relationships over time of drug use and mental health in relation to physical health (including high-risk sexual behaviors) and quality of life
  • Examine potential adverse long-term consequences of cocaine and nonmedical prescription drug use, which have both significantly increased over time in our sample