Dawson College shooting brought marked increase in students' alcohol, drug use

January 25, 2012

New research from the Université de Montréal observes that the September 2006 shooting at Dawson College brought a marked increase in students' dependence on alcohol and drugs. Based on a survey of 948 students to measure the impact of the shooting on their mental health, the study found that in the 18 months following the incident, 5% of women and 7% of men at the CÉGEP found themselves with a dependence on drugs or alcohol for the first time. If students who already had a problem with dependence are included, the proportions rise to 13.4% of men and 10% of women at the college. uMontréal News (in French) | Montreal Gazette