In its 17th annual conference, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at the Columbia University explored the prevalence of substance abuse in colleges and universities in the country. Entitled, “How to Stop Wasting the Best and the Brightest: Substance Abuse at America’s Colleges and Universities,” the conference was held on October 23 in New York City.
In an announcement released by the organization for the conference, it highlighted the importance looking into the prevalence of alcohol and drug use in universities where the future leaders of the country are being groomed. For CASA, the culture of alcohol and drug abuse in American colleges and universities is a threat to the well-being of millions of students enrolled in these schools. It also poses a threat to the nation’s ability to maintain its competitive edge in the global economy given the quality of individuals being produced by the schools.
According to the organization, “half of full-time college students binge drink, abuse prescription drugs and/or abuse illegal drug. Almost one in four meet the medical criteria for substance abuse and dependence.”
Independent surveys provide appalling data on college drinking. Every year, about 1,700 students die due to alcohol-related injuries. There are about a hundred thousand cases of students being victims of alcohol-related sexual assaults or date rape. 700,000 coeds where also reportedly assaulted by other students who have been drinking.
The conference offered a venue for college heads, alumni, trustees, parents, students and the community as a whole to come together and come up with more sustainable solutions to address the issue. The panel discussions were facilitated by top journalists in the country and were aimed at helping the country find ways to preserve the well-being of its youth.
Keynote addresses were delivered by National Institute on Drug Abuse director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., and Joseph A. Califano Jr., former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare and current CASA Chairman and President.
The panels were composed of prominent authorities on the subject of substance abuse, public safety and higher education and were moderated by four leading journalists in the country.
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