NC task force recommends guidelines to combat substance abuse

McCrory at press conference on substance abuse task force (WNCN)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The task force that looked into substance abuse underage drinking and treatment released its recommendations Tuesday morning.

Former lieutenant governor and ABC commission head Jim Gardner led the 20-member group, known as the Governor’s Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force.

Among their 10 recommendation, they want:

  • Mandatory training for all employees who serve alcohol
  • Stricter penalties for people who knowingly serve minors
  • Require the Board of Governors to enforce alcohol and drug policies
  • Add recovery centers in specific areas of need around the state
  • Develop an interactive treatment and recovery resource map online.

“I got lucky when I was in junior high and high school and college,” Gov. Pat McCrory said. “I did some binge drinking for myself. I survived it and I saw a lot of my friends not survive it and they became alcoholics or they moved on to other drugs.

“This next generation has a lot more peer pressure than I had.”

The task force said that among its accomplishments, several college campuses hired more staff, changed policies and increased awareness and recovery.

Training sessions were held for alcohol servers near campuses.

And researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Duke University looked into the consequences of alcohol on young brains.

The task force was established May 13, 2014.


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