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Who We Are

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD) is the premier alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery resource for colleges and universities across the nation.  HECAOD is a joint collaboration between The Ohio State University’s College of Social Work, College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Life, Generation Rx, and the Collegiate Recovery Community.

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, in partnership with the nation’s colleges and universities, to promote student success nationally by providing data-driven solutions to alcohol and drug misuse; lead the dialogue on collegiate alcohol and drug misuse and recovery in the national agenda; and ensure the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of the Center’s efforts.

Brief Background:

In 1995, the U.S. Department of Education funded The Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (HEC). The mission of that Center was to help college and community leaders develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies to reduce problems experienced by students related to alcohol and other drug use. Due to federal budget cuts, the Center was closed in 2012. The former co-director of HEC, Dr. John Clapp, came to The Ohio State University in 2013 to open HECAOD to meet this national need.

Our Founding Partners