Every day Virginia’s college students, their families and friends, and the community-at-large face negative consequences related to substance misuse, including academic problems, unintentional injuries, assault, dependency and death. Whether the substance is alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription drugs, the toll of misuse on the intellectual and social lives of students is enormous. Without partnerships and support at the local and state levels, colleges and universities have a limited capacity to address the problem of substance misuse.
Per COV 4.1-103.02., VHESUAC is tasked with:
- Developing and updating a statewide strategic plan for substance use education, prevention, and intervention at Virginia’s public and private institutions of higher education that includes the use of best practices.
- Providing for the collection of statewide data from all institutions of higher education on student alcohol and substance use.
- Assisting institutions of higher education in developing individual strategic plans by providing network and training resources and materials.
- Developing and maintaining reporting guidelines for use by institutions of higher education in their individual strategic plans.
The Committee is comprised of public and private universities and colleges, student leaders, state agencies and statewide partners in substance misuse prevention whom have indicated that they are ready to collaborate to reduce college substance misuse and advocate for policies and practices that are science-based.
VHESUAC is staffed by Virginia ABC and led by two levels of membership: the Executive Council and Workgroup.