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Letter: A More Accurate Description

To the Editor:

Congratulations to Sarah Brubeck for her July 16 article regarding the unfortunate Dartmouth College employee who fell from the second floor of a fraternity house. She wrote that the person was “hospitalized with symptoms consistent with drug use.” Another person, according to the story, was also hospitalized for “treatment related to drug use.”

At last, a reporter is using the proper phrase — “drug use” rather than “drug abuse.” For years I have been baffled by reports of “drug/substance abuse,” a phrase which makes no sense. The individual who uses drugs or consumes too much alcohol is abusing himself, not the drug or the booze. It’s refreshing to see a reporter call it what it is.

George Sutherland

Grantham

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Hanover — A Dartmouth College employee suffered serious injuries after allegedly using LSD and marijuana and then falling out the second floor window of the Sigma Nu fraternity house, authorities said. A 21-year-old man was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Saturday, and police said they tracked down two other men in connection with the incident, one of whom was …