AFD loading intoxicated student at the Umass Visitors Center early November
For my regular readers this is a kind of a "Well, duh" dog-bites-man story, but the charts graphically illustrate the sad, dangerous trend of alcohol abuse at our institutes of higher education -- the town's number one industry.
Overall substance abuse calls:
Overall substance abuse calls make up 10% of AFD medical emergency responses
However, looking at the College and University of Massachusetts at Amherst our flagship of higher education and number one employer in town:
Over one quarter of all emergency responses to UMass are for drugs/alcohol abuse
Amherst College kids are no better behaved when it comes to drugs/alcohol
Hampshire College comes in last for alcohol/drug abuse
Even worse, the numbers clearly indicate the problem is getting worse.
Comparison of last two fall semesters (Tom Valle graph)What say you UMass, Hampshire College and Amherst College?