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Letter from the AODE Committee
During summer orientation you had an opportunity to meet Ms. Jacqueline Ripepi, LMSW, Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Education Services. This letter is intended to follow up on Ms. Ripepi's message regarding alcohol and other drugs and the conversations we hope you had with your son or daughter
College is one of the most important times in a young adult's life. We would like each student's experience at Iona to be one of great success and fun. Most importantly, we want your son or daughter to make healthy and safe choices. As staff, administrative, and student members of the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Committee, we do our best to educate students about the importance of healthy and safe choices. Issues related to substance use are a major concern on college campuses nationwide. We want to assure you that we are committed to assisting your son or daughter in developing in accordance with the Iona Mission. We know that partnering with parents has a most profound impact on student's ultimate choices.
We ask that you continue to have conversations with your son or daughter throughout their time at Iona, about the serious risks associated with excessive alcohol use and the use of illegal substances. We know that this can be a difficult subject to broach, but it is extremely important given the national statistics: 72.3% of students have consumed alcohol and 42% have used marijuana prior to arriving at college. Although the majority of students make safe decisions regarding alcohol and other drug consumption, some do abuse these substances, which may lead to accidents or injuries, missed class time, or academic failure.
During orientation Ms. Ripepi discussed some different ways to begin these essential conversations with your son or daughter. We would like to remind you about a few of our favorite conversation starters:
For additional information, please contact the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Education Services at (914)633-2026, or visit the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Committee website.
We hope that the conversations you begin at home will lead to healthy choices throughout your son or daughter's college career.
Members of the Alcohol & Other Drug Education Committee
How do I know if my child has a problem with alcohol or other drugs?
How Can I Recognize Signs of a Possible Alcohol/Drug Problem in My Child?
Check all that apply:
What to do if you think your child might have an alcohol and/or drug problem:
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