Target: Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth
Goal: Increase campus awareness of dangerous substances through mandatory online course.
11 students were recently hospitalized at Wesleyan University in Connecticut after taking the drug Molly. Molly is considered a pure form of MDMA or Ecstasy; however, it is often laced with unknown substances and in many cases does not contain any actual MDMA. A lack of general knowledge regarding various substances often leads students to take risks that can have fatal consequences. Urge Wesleyan University to implement a brief, mandatory online course that educates students on the dangers and misconceptions of various substances.
Despite efforts to decrease drug use in college environments, students remain frequently surrounded by substances they know little about. This ignorance can lead to dangerous risk-taking that we have seen far too often. Education has proven to be the best technique in decreasing drug use, or at the very least, encouraging safer practices. The implementation of a brief, mandatory online course designed to educate students on the truth about dangerous substances could make a world of difference in just the span of an hour or so.
In the absence of knowledge, students are unable to make informed decisions and must rely on information from fellow students in a similar position of ignorance. Several colleges have already introduced a similar course regarding alcohol abuse that can be completed in just a few hours.
Should Wesleyan introduce such a course regarding drug abuse, it would be an excellent platform for other colleges to do the same and the positive results would be widespread. Please sign this petition to urge Wesleyan University to introduce a course designed to help students make informed decisions regarding drug use and prevent students from making bad choices with potentially fatal consequences.
Dear Mr. Roth,
The recent hospitalization of several Wesleyan University students has left many concerned for the safety of the student body. During their stay in college, many students will be placed in a position in which they have the option of taking a dangerous substance they know little to nothing about. Many will be inclined to believe the information they receive from other students, and these decisions can have dire consequences. I urge you to push for the implementation of a course designed to educate students regarding the dangers of various substances.
A course on substance use would eliminate widespread ignorance and allow students the opportunity to make an informed decision. The course could target the current rise in Molly as well as several other drugs. In just a short amount of time, students would acquire the necessary tools to make informed decisions, possibly saving lives.
I urge you to introduce a course to educate students on substance use, eliminate any misconceptions, and acknowledge the importance of their safety.
[Your Name Here]
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