Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Pursuant to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the University of Missouri is required to establish an alcohol / drug prevention program for its students and employees (described below). A biennial review of this program will be done to determine its effectiveness, to implement changes to the program as needed and to ensure that the University disciplinary sanctions described below are enforced.

Standard of Conduct: University of Missouri regulations prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution and sale of alcohol and illicit drugs by University students and employees on University-owned property and at University-sponsored or supervised activities.

Legal Sanctions: Local, state and federal laws also prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution and sale of alcohol and illicit drugs. Criminal penalties for violation of such laws ranges from fines up to $20,000 to imprisonment up to and including life.

Health Risks: Specific serious health risks are associated with the use of alcohol and illicit drugs. Some of the major risks are:

Alcohol and other depressants (barbiturates, sedatives, and tranquilizers): Addiction, accidents as a result of impaired ability and judgment, overdose when used with other depressants, damage to a developing fetus, heart and liver damage.

  • Marijuana: Addiction, panic reaction, impaired short-term memory, increased risk of lung cancer and emphysema (particularly in cigarette smokers), impairment of driving ability.
  • Cocaine: Addiction, heart attack, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, psychosis. Similar risks are associated with other stimulants such as speed and uppers.
  • Hallucinogens (e.g., acid, LSD, PCP, MDMA): Unpredictable behavior, emotional instability, violent behavior, organic brain damage in heavy users, convulsions, coma.
  • Narcotics (e.g., Heroin, Demerol, Morphine, Codeine): Addiction, accidental overdose, risk of hepatitis and AIDS from contaminated needles.
  • Inhalants (e.g., harmful gases and aerosols, glue, nitrous oxide): Loss of consciousness, suffocation, damage to brain and central nervous system, sudden death, nausea and vomiting, nosebleeds, impaired judgment.

Resources: A variety of resources exist for drug and /or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitating programs. For detailed information concerning University and community resources, students and employees may contact the Substance Abuse Prevention Program, 106 Norwood Hall, 341-4292 .Confidential consultation, assessment, short-term counseling, and referral services are available free of charge to faculty, staff, and students. A variety of prevention and education programs are also offered.

University Discipline: Violation of these University of Missouri regulations can result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion for students and discharge for employees.


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