Students at CU Boulder have long fit into the "adventurous" group. From skiing to hiking and rock climbing, pupils tend not to shy away from outdoor experiences. To the (almost certain) chagrin of many administrators, students' desire to try new things frequently extends beyond the outdoor realm and into drug use. In many cases the two worlds overlap.
Exhibit A: On Saturday, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call from six CU students hiking Flagstaff Mountain to watch the sunset. According to the police report, the six did not have proper clothing, supplies, or flashlights -- they latched onto another group of three who did have flashlights for help getting back down.
Somewhere in the hubbub one of the students lost the trail, triggering a 911 call and the subsequent response of seven different search and rescue/law enforcement agencies. The student in question was found 100 yards from the trail under the influence of LSD. He and another student were charged for unlawful use of a controlled substance.
At about the same time this drama unfolded on Flagstaff Mountain, two other CU students were stuck between the first and second Flatiron after smoking Marijuana and freaking out on the descent. Again, seven agencies responded to help the hikers out.
The takeaway? Frankly, we're astounded this doesn't happen more often. And while some CU students seem well-versed in recreational drug use, a refresher on plain ol' recreation is never a bad idea.
flickr photo via Andrew-Hyde
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