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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 10 comments on Students’ FAQs about BU’s “Good Samaritan” Approach

  1. I am thankful that BU has a Good Samaritan setup, and wish more universities had them in place. I cannot stress enough the importance of making the call for someone who you believe is having an emergency related to alcohol or drugs. My brother’s best friend died at a fraternity party at his university due to alcohol poisoning. Instead of calling for help, the people with him at the party placed him in an upstairs bedroom and hoped he would sleep it off.

    The medical examiner told his family that based on their findings, there was a multi-hour window where emergency services could have prevented his death. Instead, people were so concerned about getting in trouble for providing alcohol to someone underage that no one made the call that would have saved his life.

    If you find yourself in a similar situation – please, PLEASE make that call. Words cannot express how devastating the alternative can be.

  2. This is pretty great. A lot of college students tend to have some extra fun during their time at school, and some college students like to have even more fun than that. However, in most cases when somebody has become too intoxicated, they do NOT want any interactions with someone who could get them in a lot of trouble. With the approach BU takes to alcohol and drugs, I feel as though students who are dangerously under the influence are more likely to get treated and confess since the consequences are not that bad.

  3. Though I never drink, I think this kind of health education is quite necessary for freshmen. It’s quite important both academically and socially that you are not too much into the alcohol.

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