Austin Community College (ACC) will join colleges and universities nationwide to raise awareness of drug and alcohol abuse prevention during Red Ribbon Week October 23 through 31. This year’s campaign is YOLO (you only live once): Be Drug Free.
“Substance abuse by college students is a major issue across the nation,” says Dr. Virginia Fraire, ACC vice president of student services. “Nationally, 4,300 people under the age of 21 die each year from underage drinking-related causes. ACC is dedicated to providing a safe, healthy environment. Counselors are available on every campus with access to resources, free screenings, and referrals.”
During Red Ribbon Week, the college will offer free, confidential drug and alcohol screenings to students. Screening opportunities are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following campuses:
- Hays Campus: Monday, October 24
- Rio Grande Campus: Tuesday, October 25
- Round Rock Campus: Wednesday, October 26
Vendors also will be in attendance to provide information on alcohol and other drugs as well as resources for seeking help.
Employee workshops also are offered during Red Ribbon Week.
The ACC Red Ribbon Week campaign is hosted by ACC Counseling Services, which offers services and support focused on students’ emotional and social well-being.
For more information about the college’s resources and support services visit austincc.edu/counseling.
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