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UNC taking up governor’s drug, alcohol abuse challenge

A few months ago, Gov. Pat McCrory challenged UNC system leaders to do something about substance abuse on campus.

On Friday, Board of Governors Vice Chairman Frank Grainger briefed the board on a series of meetings between the governor’s staff and UNC leaders.

On Sept. 4, Grainger and UNC President Tom Ross met with McCrory and his staff, as well as Frank Perry, secretary of Public Safety, and Jim Gardner, chairman of the ABC Commission. The sheriffs of Anson and Guilford counties also attended, Grainger said.

“The bottom line is that it appears that drugs are becoming more and more prevalent on our campuses,” Grainger said.

Although he did not cite any statistics on the phenomenon, Grainger said drug dealers are targeting college campuses because they are a lucrative market.

Another meeting is planned for Tuesday.

“The governor is not messing around with this,” Grainger said. “It’s a very serious problem, obviously, and it’s not getting any better and we’ve got to get to the bottom of it if we possibly can.”

Based on conversations with Perry and Gardner, Ross said he expected an aggressive crackdown on alcohol sales to underage drinkers.

The UNC system also plans a strategy session with campus police chiefs from around the state.

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