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1 May 2017

Raising Awareness

Raising Awareness

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Wednesday, April 19th, the Recovery Society held a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Day in Café West from 1100 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This well-attended event, which was open to students, faculty, and staff, provided an opportunity to learn about substance abuse, drug screening and treatment options. Many students participated in the drunk driving simulation, watched a powerful video, and visited numerous information tables. Members of the Recovery Society were on hand to answer questions and provide information about different substances, their dangers, and available treatment for those struggling with dependency. 

NVCC student, Bianca Valentin, found the event to be very informative. Valentin stated, “I learned a lot about all the different types of drugs and how each one affects the body and brain differently. [I know] people who use some of these drugs or have tried them. I liked learning about how to help friends and family to overcome these obstacles and better themselves. In a world full of addictive drugs, more people need to be addicted to life.”

For student, Shannon Tagg, this event “was a reminder of the dangerous and deadly consequences involved with not only drugs, but addiction.” Tagg went on to say, “Nowadays, substance use is glorified in the media... so teens and young adults often forget the negative effects caused by substance abuse and addiction. Events like these are a huge reminder that the media is not portraying the big picture. I found this event extremely beneficial, and definitely worthwhile.”

Clearly, the DARC Program’s Dr. Sandra Valente and her students are continuing to make an impact. The Tamarack applauds their commitment to raising awareness around these issues that affect us all.

Author:The Tamarack Staff
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