Drug and Alcohol Prevention
Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) is required by federal law to provide information at various times of the year to the College community. Please review the following information and use the links provided to obtain additional details.
Drug and Alcohol Policies
SWGTC clearly prohibits the unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of any controlled substance, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia on its property or as part of any of its activities except as expressly permitted by law. Refer to the Student Conduct Code and Student Disciplinary Procedure as published in the 2010 – 2011 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook, pp. 266 – 282 and the Drug-Free Workplace and Drug-Free Schools and Communities policies athttp://www.tcsg.edu/tcsgpolicy/docs/05-04-04.html
Drug Violation Penalty Notice
As a condition of employment or enrollment at SWGTC, all employees and students must abide by these standards of conduct, and disciplinary sanctions will be imposed for violations. Among the sanctions that may be imposed are: restitution, reprimand, restriction, probation, suspension, expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution.
Nothing in this policy is intended to affect the procedural rights of students or employees (including faculty members) under existing judicial board, grievance, or review procedures. However, once the College has determined, after reasonable inquiry, that a violation of this policy has occurred, the employee or student may be subject to immediate suspension pending the conclusion of such procedures. If no existing procedures are in place for an alleged violation by a particular student or employee, the College will adapt other review procedures so as to ensure the individual the opportunity for a fair review, including the right to be heard.
Refer to the Drug-Free Workplace and Drug-Free Schools and Communities policies athttp://www.tcsg.edu/tcsgpolicy/docs/05-04-04.html
Violation of Federal, State, or Local Law
a. If a student is convicted or pleads Nolo Contendere to an off-campus violation of federal, state, or local law, but not with any other violation of the Student Code of Conduct, disciplinary action may be taken and sanctions imposed for misconduct that is detrimental to the College’s vital interests and stated mission and purpose.
b. Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law that is also a violation of the Student Code of Conduct if both violations result from the same factual situation, without regard to criminal arrest and/or prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code of Conduct may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following criminal proceedings.
c. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. The College will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators. Individual students, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
Statistics concerning the number of drug and alcohol-related incidents occurring on SWGTC main campus and off-campus sites during the most recent calendar year is available on the SWGTC Web site.
Drug Use and Abuse (Description of Health Risks)
Many people use and abuse drugs and don’t realize it. They don’t think that foods and drinks contain drugs. Here is some information on different drugs you may encounter. If you determine you have a drug dependency problem or just want more information, please contact a counselor located in the Admissions Office.
Alcohol: Drinking is so much a part of American culture that we take it for granted. We drink at home, at parties, in bars, in restaurants, and at football games. We drink to relax, to break the ice, to celebrate, to show off, and to forget. We often forget that we have a choice—to drink or not to drink. The choice is ours alone, and we alone are responsible for the decision.
When deciding what role alcohol should play in your life, you should consider not drinking at all. Join the 50 million adults who have chosen not to drink.
Alcohol is potent—it affects the brain powerfully and quickly. Alcohol kills. It is a major factor in motor vehicle accidents, drowning, and violent crime. Alcohol destroys. It ruins careers, breaks up families, and leads to personal tragedy.
Long-term excessive abuse of alcohol increases the risks of heart disease, liver disease, cancer, brain damage, mental disorders, loss of sexual functions, and blood disorders. Alcohol abuse during pregnancy can cause birth defects and other fetal abnormalities.
A small minority of us are problem drinkers. Check the list below to see if you fall into this category.
1. Family, social, job or financial difficulties due to drinking.
2. Loss of ability to control drinking.
3. “Blackouts,” or forgetting what happened while drinking.
4. Distressing reactions if drinking is stopped.
5. A need to drink increasingly more to get the desired effect.
6. Changes in behavior or personality when drinking.
7. Getting drunk frequently—more than four times a year.
8. Injuring oneself or someone else while intoxicated.
9. Breaking the law while intoxicated.
10. Starting the day with a drink.
If you know someone who is not a responsible drinker or who seems to have a drinking problem, don’t be afraid to talk to him or her about it. Show some concern and offer some support while avoiding preaching or criticizing. Discuss the issue when neither of you is drinking. Be prepared to offer alternatives as to what kinds of professional help are available. Our counselors can help by referring individuals with drinking problems to the appropriate agency or support group.
Aspirin: This is one of the most commonly abused drugs. However, it is also one of the most useful medicines. It has three functions:
1. analgesia (pain relieving);
2. anti-inflammatory (reduces redness and swelling); and
3. antipyretic (reduces fever).
With the exception of those few people who are allergic to it, two aspirins every six hours are safe for nearly everyone. Aspirin is useful for most headaches, fevers, minor injuries, and illnesses. Aspirin should be avoided if you have the flu or chicken pox. Aspirin may contribute to Reye’s Syndrome during these illnesses.
Caffeine: The users of cola drinks, coffee, tea, and chocolate don’t think they are taking drugs, but all these beverages contain caffeine, a drug, which is sometimes prescribed medically. Those who overuse drinks containing caffeine use drugs in the truest sense, and some are addicted.
Marijuana: Marijuana is a dangerous and illegal drug. It damages the lungs in the same way as cigarette smoke, causes chest pain because of increased heart rate, reduces short-term memory, and affects the reproductive system of males and females. Its chronic use is associated with “a motivational syndrome,”—loss of motivation and interest in school, work, and friends. Marijuana also interferes with coordination, reactions, and judgment. Marijuana is psychologically addictive.
Narcotics: This class of drugs includes opium, morphine, codeine, and heroin. These drugs are addictive. They are used medically to alleviate pain; but even in this case, must be used cautiously because of the tendency to produce addiction.
Psychedelic Drugs: The major psychedelics are Mescaline, Psilocybin, and LSD. These drugs increase pulse, heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature. They also cause chills, nausea, irregular breathing, confusion, and hallucinations. Frequent users can have flashbacks without taking additional drugs. There is also evidence that LSD can cause permanent genetic damage. Psychedelic drugs are very unpredictable. One “trip” may be disastrous. There is a great danger of bodily injury to self and others.
Sedatives: Barbiturates like Phenobarbital are the main drugs in the sedative class. As with virtually all classes of drugs, these have definite medical value. However, they are physically addictive. Sudden withdrawal from Phenobarbital can cause severe problems including convulsions, just as sudden withdrawal from alcohol can produce delirium tremens (DT’s) and convulsions in an alcoholic.
Stimulants: The amphetamines (bennies, dexies, speed), methamphetamines (ice, crystal), and cocaine (coke, blow, flake, snow, crack, rock) fall into this class of drug. These drugs are harmful. They raise blood pressure and respirations. Sudden death due to cardiac arrhythmias or stroke can occur at anytime, even with the first use. Users of stimulants build up tolerance so that more and more of the drug is needed to get the same effect. These drugs can be psychologically and physically addictive.
Tobacco: Tobacco is addictive due to its content of nicotine. Nicotine decreases blood flow to vital organs which contributes to disease of these organs. Seven known carcinogens, over 1,000 chemicals, and many toxic gases enter your bloodstream each time you light up. Smoking is the number-one voluntary health risk. Tobacco use increases your risk of chronic bronchitis, emphysema, upper respiratory and lung infections, and coronary artery and cardiovascular disease. It is a leading risk factor for cancer of the larynx, lung, mouth, throat, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, and bladder. It has recently been shown to increase women’s risk of cancer of the cervix. A new form of tobacco abuse—smoke-less tobacco—is just as dangerous and addicting as smoking. The greatest risk is oral cancer, but it also causes dental problems – tooth decay, bad breath, discolored teeth, and gum disease.
Drug and/or alcohol counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs are available at:
Archbold Northside Center
401 Albany Road
Thomasville, GA 31792
Phone: (229) 228-8100
If other assistance is necessary, contact a counselor in Student Affairs or call (229) 225-5060. Other important numbers you may need are:
The Haven Battered Women’s Shelter Inc.
Battered Women/Domestic Violence Hotline
Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division
Georgia Pines Crisis Line (Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse)
Georgia Pines has three centers for non-crisis calls dealing with Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Halcyon Home, Inc. (Domestic Violence/Shelter)
Mitchell County Mental Health Center
339 Pride Street
Pelham, Georgia 31779-1508
Grady County Mental Health Center
130 1st St. N.E.
Cairo, Georgia 31728
Darin Drury, MD
Behavioral & Psychiatric Care
401 Albany Road
Thomasville, GA 31792
Henry A. Engenio, MD
602 Victoria Place
Thomasville, GA 31792
Kenneth Fuller, MD
Angela Fuller, MS
116 Hansell Street