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MSU plans to revise substance abuse policy

By Eric Turcio, Reporter, eturcio@ktvm.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 06:40:40 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 30 2013 06:55:58 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

MSU said too much heavy drinking is happening on campus, but administrators hope to change that by revising the current alcohol and drug policy.

"I think it's really important to keep substance abuse policies and our substance abuse education up to date," said Student Body President Kiah Abbey.

Abbey told NBC Montana the university should revise its policy every three to five years so they can make sure that it is something that's working for the students at MSU.

The Dean of Students at MSU, Matthew Caires, said that the revision of this current policy is necessary. "It will help better connect our relationship with the community, but also to help students who need support," said Caires.

"It's abusing alcohol that's the problem. It's getting drunk on a Wednesday night and not being able to make it to your exam on a Thursday morning," explained Abbey.

Tanner Moe, a senior at MSU, said his substance abuse led him to form a support group that helps students with drug and alcohol addiction. "The group is called Recovery Students at MSU and it pretty much connects students who are recovering from alcohol abuse with faculty to find options for sober activities to do," Moe explained.

MSU plans to re-evaluate several topics in the school's substance abuse policy. Chief among them are promoting interventions and preventing alcohol-involved fights and assaults.