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More students in Amherst treated after drinking

AMHERST — Amherst officials are reporting an increase in the number of intoxicated students requiring medical attention at the three college and university campuses in the town.

Fire department ambulances handled 84 calls related to excessive drinking during the fall semester, compared to 67 over the same period last year. Most of the calls came at the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts.

Fire chief Walter Nelson says he’s troubled by signs that more kids are using harder alcohol.

Police said there were 208 arrests or summons for minors in possession of alcohol in the fall, up from 197 the previous year.

But there was also some improvement in students’ off-campus behavior, with fewer citations issued for things such as open containers of alcohol and loud noise from parties.

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