Substance abuse is prevalent on college campuses. This country has created an environment that almost encourages this type of behavior. More than 80 percent of current college students engage in dangerous drinking practices or even experiment with drugs, according to the several recent polls and statistics provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. College campuses are normally ‘dry’ locations, especially considering no one in the dorms is of legal drinking age, yet alcohol is present nonetheless. The ongoing use and abuse of drugs and alcohol on college campuses is growing into a major issue for colleges, states, and the entire nation. The rise in substance abuse and addiction related injury, assault and death has prompted individuals, organizations and states to consider possible programs to reduce and deter this danger. Should states, like Indiana, provide funding for college drug programs? It is an interesting concept considering the damage drugs and alcohol are causing. Is it the state’s responsibility to help these institutions? Or is it the responsibility of colleges or its local police force?

Who is Responsible for Substance Abuse?

The need or responsibility for providing funding to deter and remedy the substance abuse/addiction problem at the college level is an interesting concept. It is no secret that substance abuse and addiction continues to be a major issue in the United States; without any signs of receding. Younger and younger adults/children are experimenting and developing tolerances to drugs and alcohol. That increased number of abuses is leading young adults towards lives of substance abuse and addiction. The phenomenon is increasingly dangerous considering that at the next stage in their lives, they are given more freedom in an environment that encourages substance abuse. With this in mind, we ask, who is responsible for preventing substance abuse and addiction at the college level?

All parents would agree that they hope they have provided their children (college students) with the right guidance to keep them from substance abuse and addiction. The truth is, most college students (proper guidance or not) engage in risky alcohol use practices at one time or another. Therefore, it becomes an issue of making sure they do not fall victim to alcoholism and addiction. Keeping them from this unwanted fate is not easy since there does not exist a ‘secret’ remedy/formula for keeping your children substance abuse/addiction free. Most experts do agree that discussing the dangers of alcohol/drug use with children, being involved in their lives, practicing safe/responsible consumption practices and keeping children busy are the best ways to help them stay away from drugs and alcohol. That being said, should the state of Indiana provide funding for college drug programs?

State Funding for College Drug Programs

The responsibility of colleges is to provide its students with a safe and engaging environment to learn. It is not feasible for schools to create a completely drug or alcohol-free zone. What they can do is provide students with the best programs and services for those that may need help. Eliminating dangerous alcohol use practices is not possible; therefore schools should focus on providing students with services to help them if they are in danger of abuse, alcoholism or addiction. The funding that states can provide would enable students who are slipping into a dangerous space to get the help they deserve. Substance abuse can easily lead to a deadly addiction, assault, physical abuse or injury. States should provide some funding to colleges to help prevent and allow students access to beneficial counseling and/or treatment.

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