ETSU educates students in alcohol and drug awareness
Published: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Updated: Saturday, October 12, 2013 00:10
East Tennessee State University’s counseling center has set up a month’s worth of events to help bring about drug and alcohol awareness.
In 1999, the Federal Government released research that repeat binge drinking in institutions was getting out of control. That same year a law was passed for institutions to provide alcohol and drug education in order to receive federal funding.
Alcohol is the number one most abused drug, followed by marijuana and third is prescription drug abuse.
“We’re here to keep students healthy and safe,” Mina McVeigh, alcohol and other drug coordinator said. “We teach responsibility.”
The counseling center has set up many different activities to show students how to have fun without the use of drugs or alcohol, including Boo & Gold: a geocaching event on Oct. 24 from 4-6 p.m. at Borchuck Plaza. The event is coordinated with the Alumni Association.
Along with several tabling events, bigger events will take place as well, including a seminar where Michael Stone, the exercise and sports science lab director will speak about performance enhancing drugs on Oct. 22 from 7-9 p.m. at the Center for Physical Activity.
There will be a second seminar about synthetic drugs on Oct. 23 from 5-6 p.m. Synthetic drugs have been an issue in the area for some time now but began making news recently due to the deaths of college students who used synthetic drugs.
“There is no quality control for synthetic drugs,” McVeigh said. “They’re produced for making money and the producers are not thinking of how a college student may die.”
Many of the student organizations, including Bucs Against Drunk Driving, Oasis, Sober Sex and the pharmacy college, will hold tables at many of the tabling events throughout the month.
“We want to show students that there are other ways to have fun,” McVeigh said.