Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Brown Health Education are combining their efforts to create a student-run Drug Education Center for Brown students. The center, which will open later this semester, will provide students with information on the effects of drug use and referrals to drug abuse counseling services.
The impetus for the center came from SSDP, said Trevor Stutz '07, president of SSDP. "I think it's important for people to look at drugs objectively and look at why they're using them and what they're using," Stutz said. "We don't want people just relying on their friends' experiences and maybe some government Web site" for information about drug use.
"After DARE (and other government-sponsored drug education programs), people have mistrust of information (about drug use) coming out of institutions," Stutz said.
The Brown Drug Education Center is being modeled after the Drug Resource Center at the University of California, Berkeley, which was started a few years ago and has proven successful.