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Drunk USC Students Overload Local Emergency Room During Football Games

Drunk USC Students Overload Local Emergency Room During Football Games

“They try to run away, fight people, pee in the corner”

Everyone likes to have a good time, but it’s important to know your limits.

Greenville News reports:

Drunk USC students are overloading the ER and causing mayhem at a Columbia hospital

So many drunk University of South Carolina students are being transported to the emergency room during home football games that stretchers line the hallways of Palmetto Health Baptist, emergency services are strained and drunken antics slow nurses who are trying to tend to the truly sick.

“They try to run away, fight people, pee in the corner,” said a nurse at Palmetto Health Baptist. “It’s been that way the whole time I’ve worked there.”

“We do get violent USC students,” another nurse at Palmetto Health Baptist said. “It just takes away from other patients.”

For this story, The State interviewed four nurses and one Richland County Emergency Medical Technician under the condition their names not be used.

In the shadow of Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday, hundreds of college age women lined a wood fence with a “Female Entrance Only” gate. Behind the fence, thousands reveled prior to the Gamecock football team’s face off against Tennessee.

Two women hugged each other and stumbled around, spilling a red colored beverage from a red cup. A bottle of whiskey was on the ground a few feet from them. Boots, high heels and sandals trampled other solo cups, abandoned beer cans and emptied six pack holders.


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This was discussed in the 80’s at UNC Chapel Hill and the head of Emergency Services stated that he didn’t think that a student who was in the ER on a weekly basis for drinking related issues necessarily had a problem. Hint, if drinking takes you to the ER once, you likely have a problem, or will at some point down the road. But for an educated person to say something like that in their official capacity is borderline criminal.

    healthguyfsu in reply to MajorWood. | October 31, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I’d put the line at twice. Sometimes, you don’t learn your lesson until you do something stupid, and if you have some sense left, you learn that lesson and don’t do it again.

I suspect there is more to this story. Are these drunks taking themselves to the hospital? Or perhaps are the police taking them in order to reduce the arrest numbers?

    MajorWood in reply to Paul. | October 31, 2018 at 11:51 am

    It is clearly a “dumping action” taken by LEO, because if they took them to the drunk tank and then one of them had acute alcohol toxicity and died, well, you can see the headlines. The Hooper Detox Center in Portland is named after the last person to die of alcohol poisoning in the drunk tank. So dumping them at the ER absolves them of responsibility for the outcome while at the same time giving the illusion that they are doing something about the problem. The University is in a bind here, because if they make students accountable for their behavior while drinking, then those students will go elsewhere. But at the same time, if students are allowed to roam wild and suffer the consequences, then the parents will sue the University. Of course, those students likely learned their behavior from their parents. I went to a few games at UNC and it was pretty sad to see the 35-40 yo alums return on the weekend to hang out at the game with current students and then go drink at the frat. Life must suck when it peaks at 21.

    Also, its Trumps fault that they drink so much.

whew… for a second, i was worried this was about the *real* USC, located here in Lost Angels #Failifornia. 😎

    healthguyfsu in reply to redc1c4. | November 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Haha those triggered pansies would get wasted off wine coolers or something and just have a sugar crash.