Recommendations for university communities for developing and implementing student substance abuse prevention programmes

The recommendations concern how to prepare and develop a substance abuse programme for students from a preventative standpoint. The recommendations are a helpful tool in planning and evaluation, whether you are updating an existing substance abuse prevention programme for university students or drafting a new one.

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In universities and universities of applied sciences, substance abuse prevention is a central part of work related to well-being and guidance. All members of the higher education community have their own role in substance abuse prevention: whether you are a study counsellor or planner, a teacher, a researcher, a tutor or a student, you can prevent the harm which substances cause to your community.

The materials were produced as part of the KUPLA “Students reforming substance use culture” project (2018–2020).

KUPLA was jointly organised by EHYT and Nyyti, and the aim of the project was to support the well-being of higher education students and their ability to study, improve the abilities of university and university of applied sciences communities to prevent harm caused by substance use, and promote communality and an accessible student culture.

KUPLA encourages open discussion regarding substance use and matters related to well-being-in university communities.