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Brookings is the fourth largest city in South Dakota, with a population of 22,056 according to the 2010 census report. The city is home to South Dakota State University, the largest institution of higher education in the state. The University houses McCrory Gardens and South Dakota Arboretum which are 74 acres of botanical gardens and an arboretum. The University also helps to fuel the economy by employing 1,650 of the cities residence.The average income per person in this city is $17,028, leaving over 18% of the cities population below the poverty line.
South Dakota State University does help fuel the economy but just as many University campus’s throughout the United States, it’s students struggle with drug and alcohol abuse problems. Peer pressures to use illicit drugs, alcohol and even prescription drugs can be more than a young adult can handle. The South Dakota State University does enforce a zero tolerance, drug free policy. The Policy was created to maintain a drug-free work and study environment. Despite the Universities efforts, drug and alcohol abuse on and off campus by its students is on a rise.
College students drug and alcohol abuse
Alcohol, of all substances used, is known to causes the most problems on college campuses. Students binge drink in social settings, suffering from alcohol poisoning or even making the mistake of operating a vehicle causing legal problems for themselves or even death. Studies show that about 43% of all students report drinking in a high-risk manner at some point in the college career, 20% of these students report drinking in a high-risk manner often.
Surveys at colleges and universities across the country indicate the percentage of students who used various other drugs within the past year…
- 32.3% marijuana
- 6.5% amphetamines
- 7.5% hallucinogens
- 3.7% cocaine
- 3.6% Ecstasy
These drugs have been major factors in many tragedies, such as date rape crimes, hospitalizations for overdoses, and deaths. The abuse of alcohol and drugs on campus has 22.9% of students meet the medical definition for alcohol or drug abuse or dependence. Which is a compulsive use of a substance despite negative consequences.
Health consequences of drug and alcohol abuse
It is not all fun and games. Not only possibly destroying your academician future, the chronic use of drugs and alcohol can lead to serious health issues. Regular use of drugs and alcohol damages the heart, liver and brain to the point of no return. Alcohol use not only has effects from long term use but just one night of binge drinking can land you in the hospital with alcohol poisoning. There is no reason to risk your life for one night of fun.