Alcohol-related hospital trips double at U-Md.
The semester has only just begun at the University of Maryland, College Park, but already 19 students have been transported to the hospital for alcohol-related reasons, according to The Diamondback student newspaper.
That's more than double the number of transports at this time last year. Police and other officials aren't sure why there has been a spike, although it could be because more students are calling help for friends that need it.
In April 2009, the university created a policy that protects students from "disciplinary sanctions for violating the University's alcohol policy" if they summon help for a friend who has had too much to drink, according to the Diamondback. Students are not, however, protected from police charges.
University and Prince George's County police say they plan to continue to crack down on partying and underage drinking on or near campus. District 1 Commander Robert Liberati told the Diamondback: "When you have teenagers that are drinking so much that they end up in the ER or walking out into the highway or doing something else that's dangerous, obviously we have to act. It's a huge concern for us."
You can read the full Diamondback article, here.
September 14, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
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