Underage Drinking Pilot Program Launched at Six NC Universities

As a pilot program, the University of North Carolina System will work alongside the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, and the Department of Health and Human Services, to combat underage drinking and illegal drug use on college campuses.  In most cases, state citations will now be issued to students, taking traditional on-campus measures a step further.  Depending on the situation, a student could be required to attend court, or enter a treatment or prevention program offered by the university.

Aldona Wos, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement that she envisions the program as a step to stop an “alarming and dangerous trend” of underage drinking and substance abuse among students.

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