ERIC Number: ED038689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Implications of Drug Usage for Higher Education. Student Development Staff Papers Number One.
Crookston, Burns B.
This paper discusses the implications of drug usage for higher education. Drug use is not new. However, today there are several problems associated with drug usage: (1) ignorance, (2) semantics, (3) communication, and (4) change as a constant in the world. The reasons for student drug use are discussed. Students use drugs because: (1) they are preconditioned to the legitimacy of drug usage; (2) they want to rebel; (3) they want to escape; (4) they are encouraged by peer group influence; and (5) they are searching for spiritual discovery. Some of the cultural contextual factors include: (1) the generation gap; (2) the educational level of students; (3) the effect of mass communication media; and (4) the awareness of poverty and injustice. Recognizing the various factors, institutions can respond by: (1) creating a climate of openness and trust; (2) making sure information is available; (3) providing source credibility; (4) assisting in the dessemination of alternatives; and (5) attacking the basic problem. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. Office of the Dean of Students.
Note: Paper presented at the South Dakota College Public Relations Association Convention, July 19, 1968