We would like to take a moment to talk about the people behind these data.
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As back-to-school season approaches, college students prepare to start new classes, see friends, and be tested—both inside and outside of the classroom. When school starts, students will be faced with decisions about partying, drinking, and drug use, and what they decide can have profound effects on their academic achievement and health.
- Two in five full-time college students ages 18 to 22 engage in high-risk drinking, and one in five uses illicit drugs.
Marlena Vaifale understands the importance of having health insurance. In 2013, she was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and gallstones, which led to the removal of her gallbladder. She has had health insurance all her life, but did not take full advantage of the preventive services available to her for annual physicals. If she had, she would have made wiser and healthier choices.
As part of the “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign, SAMHSA launched an online simulation tool that helps parents and caregivers practice talking with their kids about the dangers of underage drinking.