In response to growing concerns about students abusing prescription drugs such as Adderall during finals week, the University of South Carolina has stated in a recent press release that the Columbia campus will be Adderall-free as of December 1, 2015.
As President Harris Pastides said in a press release: “We at the University of South Carolina hold our students’ health and well-being in the highest regard, and we want to finally end the misuse of Adderall on our campus by telling students not to misuse it.”
The Adderall-Free policy has drawn comparisons to the University’s Tobacco-Free policy which has, since its inception in 2014, convinced administrators that tobacco is no longer used by anyone on campus.
As Pastides continued in his statement: “Some universities have a difficult time controlling a campus of nearly thirty three thousand students, but we have found that asking people not to do something has proven effective as the only means of changing our campus’ atmosphere. We learned this strategy from the Prohibition period, which effectively ended alcohol consumption in America as far as we know.”
At press time, university officials were considering creating a policy which would make the University of South Carolina Crime-Free, but at the present time the administration will allow crime on campus.