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In an effort to fulfill the requirements of the Drug Free School Program, Collin College’s Counseling Services coordinates Know Now, an initiative which began programming in the fall 2017 semester. The purpose of Know Now is to educate Collin College students about issues related to substance use and abuse, empower students to make positive choices for their futures, and encourage utilization of campus and community resources for recovery. The objectives of this initiative are to:
- Develop prevention and education regarding current trends, statistics, and issues
related to the consumption of alcohol and other substances through:
presentations coordinated by Counseling Services about issues concerning substance use and abuse,
- promoting alcohol-free social options in partnership with student engagement events, and
campaigns to share statistics and trends in the community that may affect the normative environment.
- Conduct early intervention awareness in order to empower students to self-refer by:
promoting use of online screening tools (available on the Counseling Services website) to identify problematic substance use and
providing assessment and referral for students concerned about substance use.
- Increase awareness of resources that may assist students affected by addiction (either personally or those who have peers and/or family in need of support) by educating them about community resources for treatment (e.g., no- or low-cost treatment options, support services such as Alcoholics Anonymous [AA] and Narcotics Anonymous [NA], and off-campus counseling options).