And the follow-up required may be just as important as its potential lifesaving value. Too often, students in college fly under the radar with serious substance-abuse problems. This policy creates an opportunity for students to receive intervention, rather than reprimand, when there are signs that they may have a problem.
Drug and alcohol use are serious matters. We’re troubled to learn, for example, that the State University College at Oneonta has seen high numbers of alcohol poisoning cases this year.
We do not, by any means, believe that the college should be lenient in addressing this problem.
But protecting the lives of those young people is priority No. 1. If this policy saves even one life, it’s well worth it.