Incoming freshmen at the University of South Carolina Upstate will not only be educated as to standard university curriculum, but also as to the dangers of using drugs and alcohol.
The university is truly a pioneer, as it is the first of its kind to implement such a program.
At the 2012 new student orientation the university’s very own office of Alcohol and Drug Programs revealed the “Know the Signs” campaign. The campaign was created in an effort to keep students abreast of the issues and dangers associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Much of it campaign focuses on prevention. The campaign also addresses how and when to ask for help if a student does fall victim to drug and alcohol abuse.
Students of the class of 2016 will learn about impaired driving, ability to consent, blackouts, alcohol abuse, substance abuse and alcohol poisoning, among others.
It is true that knowledge is half the battle, particularly in the case of teens and drinking. The logic behind the campaign is that if students are educated about the symptoms and issues associated with alcohol and substance abuse, they are far more likely to avoid it. Also, if they know what to do in a situation where drugs and alcohol is involved they may even be able to assist in saving a life.
The University of South Carolina’s Office of Alcohol and Drug Programs should be applauded for educating students how to avoid substance abuse issues and how to drink responsibly.
Original article news.uscupstate.edu
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