Lorain County Community College conducts drug-free awareness programs each quarter informing employees about:
- Dangers of drug use in the workplace
- The desire of LCCC to remain a drug-free workplace
- The availability of drug counseling, rehabilitation and employee assistance programs
LCCC adheres to standards of conduct that clearly prohibit at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the school’s property or as part of the school’s activities:
- Employees are prohibited from:
- The use, sale, transfer, distribution, and possession of illegal drugs, controlled substances, narcotics or alcoholic beverages at any time during working hours on the college’s property, in college vehicles, in vehicles used while in the course and scope of employment with the college, at college worksites or in any working area.
- Off-premises abuse of alcohol and use, sale, transfer, distribution, and possession of illegal drugs, controlled substances and narcotics when these activities adversely affect job performance, job safety or the college’s reputation in the community is also strictly prohibited.
- Employees violating the above prohibitions are subject to discipline, up to and including termination of employment and referral for prosecution
- Any student in violation of the following will be subject to sanctions up to expulsion and referral for prosecution:
- Using, possessing, selling or distributing illegal drugs, and drug paraphernalia on any leased or owned college property; selling or distributing narcotics or prescription medication on college leased or owned property.
- Being under the influence of illegal drugs or narcotics while on college owned or controlled property or at college sponsored events.
- Consuming, possessing or selling alcoholic beverages on college owned or controlled property except during college approved activities.
- Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs or in a reckless or dangerous manner while on any leased or owned college property or off campus while representing the College in an official capacity.
- Authority has been delegated to the President and designated as appropriate to the Director of Campus Security, Campus Security Officers and others acting within the scope of their employment, to lawfully order violators of these rules to do one or more of the following:
- Request the person(s) to cease and desist such activity;
- Order the person(s) to immediately leave campus property and, upon failure of the person(s) to do so, to request assistance from appropriate law enforcement authorities.
- Issue a Notice of Criminal Trespass to violators of rules promulgated in Section VII Prohibited Behaviors.
Do you know where to get help?
The CARE Center, an on campus resource, is a partnership with Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services and the Alcohol and Drug and Addiction Services Board of Lorain County. These agencies are collaborating to provide prevention and controlling substance misuse programs as well as support services that will help those dealing with addiction issues or coping with family members who battle addiction. All services are free to the campus community. Counselors are available for appointments and walk-in sessions throughout the week.
Do you know the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse?
Tobacco and Nicotine:
- Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to contract heart disease.
- Lung, larynx, esophageal, bladder, pancreatic, and kidney cancers also strike smokers at increased rates.
- Thirty percent of cancer deaths are linked to smoking.
- Chronic obstructive lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, are 10 times more likely to occur among smokers than among nonsmokers.
- Smoking during pregnancy also poses risks, such as spontaneous abortion, pre-term birth, and low birth weights.
- Low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination needed to operate vehicles. Small amounts can also lower inhibitions.
- Moderate to high doses cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, and loss of memory and the ability to learn and remember information.
- High doses cause respiratory depression and death. Long-term consumption, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to dependence and permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.
- Combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
- Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation.
Cannabis (Marijuana, Hashish, Hashish Oil):
- Physical effects of cannabis include increased heart rate, bloodshot eyes, dry mouth and throat, and increased appetite.
- Use of cannabis may impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, reduce ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination, and impair driving ability.
- Motivation and cognition may be altered, making the acquisition of new information difficult.
- Long-term use may result in possible lung damage, reduced sperm count and sperm motility, and may affect ovulation cycles
Inhalants: (Nitrous Oxide, Amyl Nitrite, Butyl Nitrite, Chlorohydrocarbons, Hydrocarbons)
- Immediate effects of inhalants include nausea, sneezing, coughing, nosebleeds, fatigue, lack of coordination, and loss of appetite.
- Solvents and aerosol sprays also decrease the heart and respiratory rates and impair judgment.
- Deeply inhaling vapors, or using large amounts over a short time, may result in disorientation, violent behavior, unconsciousness, or death.
- Cocaine stimulates the central nervous system.
- Its immediate effects include dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature.
- Occasional use can cause nasal irritation; chronic use can ulcerate the mucous membrane of the nose.
- Crack or freebase rock is extremely addictive.
- Physical effects include dilated pupils, increased pulse rate, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, tactile hallucinations, paranoia, and seizures. The use of cocaine can cause death by cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.
Stimulants (Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Crack, Ice):
- Stimulants cause increased heart and respiratory rates, elevated blood pressure, dilated pupils, and decreased appetite.
- Users may experience sweating, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, sleeplessness, and anxiety. Extremely high doses can cause rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors, loss of coordination, and physical collapse.
- Amphetamine injection creates a sudden increase in blood pressure that can result in stroke, very high fever, or heart failure. In addition to physical effects, feelings of restlessness, anxiety, and moodiness can result.
- Long-time use can cause amphetamine psychosis that includes hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. The use of amphetamines can cause physical and psychological dependence.
Depressants (Barbiturates, Methaqualone, Tranquilizers):
- Small amounts can produce calmness and relaxed muscles, but larger doses cause slurred speech and altered perception, respiratory depression, coma, or death.
- Combination of depressants and alcohol can multiply effects of the drugs, thereby multiplying risks.
- Babies born to mothers who abuse depressants during pregnancy may be physically dependent on the drugs and show withdrawal symptoms shortly after birth. Birth defects and behavioral problems may also result. The use of depressants can cause both physical and psychological dependence.
Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Psilocybin):
Did you know…
- Phencyclidine (PCP) interrupts the functions of the neocortex, the section of the brain that controls intellect and instinct. PCP blocks pain receptors, and users can have violent PCP episodes resulting in self-inflicted injuries.
- Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), mescaline, and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations. The physical effects may include dilated pupils, elevated body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and tremors.