Programs to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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Drugs and Their Risks
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The purpose of Lenoir Community College is to provide comprehensive educational opportunities for young people and adults in its service area. This purpose is greatly enhanced in an environment free of drug and alcohol abuse. It is the responsibility of our college community—students, faculty and staff—to maintain and foster high standards of professional and personal behavior. Behavior that includes the illegal or abusive use of drugs and alcohol will not be tolerated by Lenoir Community College.

The College will offer workshops as a major approach to this problem, but everyone should be aware that any student, faculty, or staff member who uses illegal drugs or alcohol on campus may be subject to prosecution and punishment by civil authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the College.

Students, faculty, or staff who are abusing drugs or alcohol are encouraged to stop. The College will not punish individuals who seek rehabilitation. All information provided by people who voluntarily avail themselves of drug or alcohol counseling or rehabilitation services will be confidential. It will not be used against the individual.

Policy and Procedures

Lenoir Community College is committed to a drug-free environment for its students and employees. The College expects all students and employees to behave in a manner conducive to that end.

The Bylaws and Policies of Lenoir Community College authorize the Administration to develop and maintain a drug and alcohol abuse program, and make the program accessible to all students, faculty, and staff of the college. The program is intended to accomplish the following:

  1. Prevent drug and alcohol abuse through a strong educational effort; and
  2. Encourage and facilitate the use of counseling services and rehabilitation programs by those students, faculty and staff members of the College who require their assistance in stopping drug or alcohol abuse; and
  3. Discipline students, faculty and staff who engage in illegal drug and alcohol-related behaviors.

Educational Efforts

In keeping with the commitment of a drug-free environment for its students and employees, the College will conduct a strong educational program aimed at preventing drug abuse and illegal drug use. Educational efforts will be directed toward all students, faculty, and staff within the college community.

The drug programs will emphasize the incompatibility of the use or sale of illegal drugs with the goals of Lenoir Community College; the health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse; the financial costs of drug and alcohol abuse; the incompatibility of drug abuse with the maximum achievement of educational, career, and other personal goals; and the potential legal consequences of involvement with illegal drugs.

Counseling and Rehabilitation Services

Those students, faculty, or staff who seek assistance with a drug-related problem will be provided with information about drug counseling and rehabilitation services available through Lenoir Community College via referrals and also through community organizations. Those who voluntarily avail themselves of college services will be assured that applicable professional standards of confidentiality will be observed.

LCC Drug Policy

Minimum Penalties:
To Possess With Intent to Sell or Deliver; To Manufacture; or To Sell and/or Deliver:

    • Schedule I or II:
      Student will be expelled and any faculty member, administrator or other employee will be discharged.
    • Schedule III, IV, V or VI:

(1st Offense) Suspension from enrollment or from employment for a period of at least one semester or its equivalent.
(2nd Offense) Student will be expelled and faculty member, administrator, or other employee will be discharged.

Minimum Penalties:
To Possess Illegally Any Controlled Substance:

  • Schedule I or II:
    Suspension from enrollment or from employment for a period of at least one semester or its equivalent.
  • Schedule III, IV, V or VI:
    (1st Offense) Probation to be determined on a case by case basis. Must agree to participate in a drug education and counseling program, consent to regular drug testing, and other conditions and restrictions, including community service. Refusal or failure to do so will result in suspension from enrollment or from employment for the remaining period of probation.

Second or subsequent offenses involving illegal possession of controlled substances, progressively more severe penalties will be imposed, including expulsion of students and discharge of faculty members, administrators or other employees.

Disciplinary Actions

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol or a controlled substance is prohibited on the campus of Lenoir Community College. When anyone is found on campus in violation of this policy, civil authorities will be notified immediately. Employees have to report to the college any criminal conviction involving drugs in the workplace within five (5) days. It is not “double jeopardy’’ for both the civil authorities and the college to proceed against and punish a person for the same specified conduct. The College will initiate its own disciplinary proceedings against a student, faculty, or staff member when the alleged conduct is deemed to affect the interests of the college.

Penalties will be imposed by the College in accordance with procedural safeguards applicable to disciplinary action against students, faculty, and staff, as required by the Bylaws and Policies of Lenoir Community College and Student Handbook of the College.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia:

To Possess
One (1) year in prison and/or $500 fine. (Misdemeanor)

To Possess With Intent to Sell or Deliver to Manufacture; or to Sell and/or Deliver:
Two (2) years in prison and/or $1,000 fine. (Misdemeanor)
However: Delivery of drug paraphernalia by a person over age 18 to a person under age 18 who is at least 3 years younger than defendant: Five (5) years in prison and/or fine. (Felony)

Counterfeit Controlled Substances–To Create, Sell or Possess with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Counterfeit Controlled Substance:
(Any substance which is represented as a controlled substance.) Maximum Penalty: Five (5) years in prison and/or fine.

Additional Information:

  1. If any person commits a controlled substance violation in which the punishment includes imprisonment for not more than two (2) years and if he/she has been previously convicted for one or more controlled substances violations, he/she will be punished as a Class I Felon. Up to five (5) years in prison and/or fine.
  2. If the violation includes imprisonment for not more than six (6) months in prison and if he/she has been previously convicted of one or more controlled substances violations he/she will be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of not more than two (2) years and/or maximum fine of $2,000.
  3. Any person 18 years of age or older who sells or delivers any controlled substance to a person under 16 years of age will be punished as a Class E felon. Up to thirty (30) years in prison and/or fine.

Financial Cost of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Drug abuse in a college setting can result in increased costs to students, the college employee and the college itself. These increased financial costs result from the following situations.

Alcohol and Drug Cost

Alcohol and drug abuse places a tremendous financial burden on individuals and their families. As the abuse continues, the financial burden becomes greater since the individuals demand for more drugs and alcohol increases and their productivity or their work decreases. As the burden increases to the point where the individuals can no longer support their abuse problems, they often turn to crime to solve their financial problems.


The physical and psychological effects of drug abuse make a person more prone to accidents due to impaired physical capacity and reasoning ability. Accidents result in lost class time and work time, repair costs for damaged equipment or facilities, increased health insurance costs, increased production costs, and loss of revenues from decreased production or loss of clients.

Class Absenteeism

Class absenteeism is a leading factor in student academic failure. Academic failure has immediate financial costs as it affects one’s productivity throughout life. The costs of employee absenteeism result from hiring additional personnel to perform the absentee’s tasks, lost production, or services and overtime costs.

Performance Problems

The psychological and physiological effects of drug abuse on a person can cause impaired performance which results in low academic achievement by students, loss of production or services, loss of clients or customers, faulty products or services, damage to equipment and facilities, and waste of raw materials or time.

Common Drugs

  1. Marijuana—Made from dried leaves and flowering tops of a pistillate hemp plant that yields cannabin. This mixture is frequently smoked in cigarettes for its intoxicating effect.
  2. Cocaine—A bitter crystalline alkaloid obtained from cocoa leaves. This drug can result in psychological dependence and, in large doses, intoxication. This drug is also used as a local anesthetic.
  3. Crack—An unrefined form of Cocaine that is even more habit forming and powerful than cocaine. A quicker acting drug than Cocaine—more dangerous to the individual taking it.
  4. Heroin—A narcotic which lowers the perception of pain. Made from Morphine but more potent than Morphine—a strongly physiologically addictive narcotic. Causes lethargy, apathy, loss of judgment and self control. Overdose can cause convulsions, coma, and death. Other risks include malnutrition, infection, and hepatitis.
  5. PCP (Angel Dust)—Phencyclidine (PCP) is a hallucinogenic drug that is legally classified as a depressant. Depression, hallucinations, confusion, and irrational behavior may occur from use. Overdoses can cause convulsions, coma, and death.
  6. Prescription Drugs—The ‘illegal’ use and abuse of ‘legal’ (prescription) drugs such as amphetamines (‘uppers’), barbiturates (‘downers’), valium, librium, methaqualone, morphine, and codeine can cause life threatening situations and health problems. Risks include dependency, heart problems, malnutrition, hepatitis, infections, coma, convulsions, and death. g. Others—Some other commonly abused substances are alcohol, nicotine, and inhalants such as aerosol products, lighter fluid, paint thinner, glues, and amyl nitrite (‘poppers’). Some of the risks involved in the abuse of these substances are cancer, heart and liver damage, emphysema, lung cancer, and damage to the lungs, brain, and bone marrow.