URI’s “True Stories” exhibit to offer private look into student substance abuses

KINGSTON, R.I.-October 5, 1999 — The University of Rhode Island Substance Abuse Prevention Services will present “True Stories,” an annual award-winning exhibit featuring visual artwork and URI students’ true anonymous stories of substance abuse. The exhibit will be held October 18 through October 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Atriums I and II in the Memorial Union on the Kingston Campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit is the result of a collaboration between students and members of the URI community. There will be a variety of photography, drawings, and paintings on display. The artwork will be accompanied by stories told by URI students of their worst experiences with drugs and alcohol. The stories cover issues such as sexual assault, death, car accidents and illness, as well as unwanted psychological effects of drugs like paranoia, blackouts and hallucinations. Organizers of the exhibit hope that the artwork and the real-life stories will cause other students and members of the community to think twice before engaging in illegal and dangerous behavior. x-x-x For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116