Prevention Program Regarding Illicit Drugs and Alcohol Abuse

Standards of Conduct

State law prohibits individuals under 21 years of age from possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. San Jacinto College (College) is designated as an alcohol-free institution. The consumption, possession, serving, and/or use of alcohol is prohibited in/or on College Property, except as may be authorized by the College's Policy (Policy VII.7002.A).  This Policy applies to all employees, students, visitors, volunteers, contractors, and vendors. This Policy also applies to individuals and groups that rent or lease any facilities that are designated as College Property.

The consumption, possession, serving, and/or use of alcohol is strictly prohibited on all College Property. However, the Chancellor is authorized to permit the use, serving, or consumption of alcohol for persons aged 21 and over as follows:

  1. College Programs and Events;
  2. At designated College Property as part of a specifically defined and approved academic curricular program(s) or class(es). But even in these designated program(s) or class(es), no one under the age of 21 may consume alcohol;  
  3. At official events hosted and/or sponsored by the College;
  4. At functions or events for the College sponsored by the San Jacinto College Foundation;
  5. Outside Organization Events; or
  6. At events sponsored by any federal non-profit organization(s) and/or not-for-profit community service organizations. Approval is at the discretion of the College. The events must serve a charitable, civic, or educational purpose.

Employees who receive College funds for travel may not use the funds to buy alcoholic beverages.

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are permitted only when taken in standard dosage or according to a physician’s prescription.

For more information on College standards of conduct regarding drugs and alcohol, please see:

  1. Policy VII.7002.A, Alcohol Usage at Events on College Property;
  2. Procedure VII.7002.A.a, Alcohol Usage at Events on College Property;
  3. Procedure VII.7002.A.b, Alcohol Usage in College Programs;
  4. The Student Handbook and Code of Student Conduct (applicable to all students); and
  5. The Athlete Handbook (applicable to student athletes).

These publications are available on the College’s website at www.sanjac.edu.

Substance Abuse Prevention Policy

The policy of San Jacinto College is to provide all students and employees with an environment that is free of substance abuse. The illegal use of controlled substances on College campuses subjects the College, its students, and employees to unacceptable risks of injury, interferes with the learning and working environments, and is inconsistent with the behavior expected of persons associated with the College.

The College firmly supports remedial assistance and, when necessary, disciplinary action for those individuals who violate conduct expectations, including those related to the use, possession, distribution or possession for purposes of distribution, of any controlled substances or illegal drugs on College property or at College-sponsored activities at off-campus locations.

Law enforcement officers are supported by the College to ensure compliance with all laws including those relating to alcohol and to the use, abuse, possession, or distribution of controlled substances or illegal drugs.

Health Risks

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol is a primary and continuous depressant of the central nervous system. Impairment of judgment and of recently learned, complex and finely tuned skills begins to occur at blood alcohol concentrations as low as 0.025 percent. These impairments are followed by the loss of more primitive skills and functions, such as gross motor control and orientation at concentrations in excess of 0.05 percent. Alcohol in moderate doses impairs nearly every aspect of information processing, including the ability to abstract and conceptualize, the ability to use large numbers of situational cues presented simultaneously and the cognitive ability to determine meaning from incoming information. Alcohol consumption can therefore promote action on impulse without full appreciation of, or concern about, the potential negative consequences of such action.

Chronic long-term effects of heavy drinking over a period of years can result in brain damage, cancer of the mouth, esophagus, or stomach, heart disease, liver damage resulting in cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis and cancer of the liver, peptic ulcer disease and possible damage of the adrenal and pituitary glands. Prolonged, excessive drinking can shorten life-span by 10-12 years.

Illicit Drugs

Illicit drugs include narcotics, such as heroin or methamphetamine; depressants, such as GHB or alcohol; stimulants, such as cocaine or methamphetamine; hallucinogens, such as PCP, LSD, or mescaline; cannabis such as marijuana or hashish; inhalants, such as nitrous oxide, amyl nitrate (poppers) or various hydrocarbon solvents; and designer drugs, such as methamphetamine (Ecstasy) or meperidine (Demerol).

See the charts below for grouped listings of Commonly Abused Drugs (depressants, stimulants, opioids (or narcotics), cannabinoids, hallucinogens, inhalants, and other compounds).  Note: the charts include some commercial and street names as well as some short-term and long-term effects.

Anabolic Steroids and Growth Hormones

Anabolic steroids and growth hormones are for medical use only. State law prohibits the possession, dispensing, delivery or administering of an anabolic steroid or growth hormone in any manner not allowed by state law.

State law provides that bodybuilding, muscle enhancement or increasing muscle bulk or strength through the use of an anabolic steroid by a person who is in good health is not a valid medical purpose. Only a medical doctor may prescribe an anabolic steroid or human growth hormone for a person. A violation of state law concerning anabolic steroids or human growth hormones is a criminal offense punishable by confinement in jail or imprisonment in the Texas Department of Corrections.

Disciplinary and Legal Sanctions

Students, regardless of age, determined to be in violation of College regulations pertaining to controlled substances, including alcohol, are subject to severe disciplinary penalties, including permanent suspension from the College. When such violations also constitute violations of public law, charges also may be filed by the College for prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement agency. Convictions under public law are punishable by fines, imprisonment, or both.

This notice is provided in accordance with the provisions of H.B. 1507, 71st Legislature, state of Texas.

Commonly Abused Drugs

Depressants

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) Commercial Names: Sodium Oxybate, Xyrem®: G, Gamma-oh, GEEB, Georgia Home Boy, Gina, Goop, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X, Scoop, Soap. Euphoria, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, memory loss, unconsciousness, slowed heart rate and breathing, lower body temperature, seizures, coma, death
Barbiturates Pentobarbital Nembutal®: barbs, dolls, phennies, red/blue birds, tooties, yellows, yellow jackets Drowsiness, slurred speech, poor concentration, confusion, dizziness, problems with movement and memory, lowered blood pressure, slowed breathing
Benzodiazepines alprazolam (Xanax®), chlorodiazepoxide (Librium®), diazepam (Valium®), lorazepam (Ativan®), triazolam (Halicon®): Benzos, Downers, Poles, Tranks, Totem, Z-bars, V's, Yellow/Blue Z's, Zannies Drowsiness, slurred speech, poor concentration, confusion, dizziness, problems with movement and memory, lowered blood pressure, slowed breathing
Alcohol Beer, wine, liquor Reduced anxiety, feeling of well-being, lowered inhibitions, slowed pulse and breathing, lowered blood pressure, poor concentration/ fatigue, confusion, impaired coordination, memory of events, judgment; addiction, slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior, respiratory depression and arrest; death
Sleep Medications Eszopiclone (Lunesta®), zaleplon (Sonata®), zolpidem (Ambien®): Forget-me pill, Looney Bar, Mexican Valium, R2, Roche, Tic-Tacs, Sleepeasy, Symphony, Zombie flip Drowsiness, slurred speech, poor concentration, confusion, dizziness, problems with movement and memory, lowered blood pressure, slowed breathing

Stimulants

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Amphetamine Amphetamine (Adderall®): Addys, Bennies, Beans, Black Beauties, Crosses, Hearts, Ivy League Drug, Pep Pills, Speed, Truck Drivers, Uppers Short-term effects: Increased alertness, attention, energy; increased blood pressure and heart rate; narrowed blood vessels; increased blood sugar; opened-up breathing passages. High doses: dangerously high body temperature and irregular heartbeat; heart disease; seizures. Long-term effects: Heart problems, psychosis, anger, paranoia.
Caffeine NoDoz®, Vivarin®; Redbull® and other commercial brand drinks Increased heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism; feelings of exhilaration, energy, increased mental alertness/rapid or irregular heart beat; reduced appetite, weight loss, heart failure, nervousness, insomnia, dizziness, irritability, nausea, and euphoria
Cocaine Cocaine hydrochloride topical solution (low dose anesthetic used in certain medical procedures): Blow, Bump, C, Coke, Crack, Dust, Flake, Nose Candy, Rock, Snow, Sneeze, Sniff, Toot, White Rock, (with heroine: Speedball) Short-term effects: Narrowed blood vessels; enlarged pupils; increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; headache; abdominal pain and nausea; euphoria; increased energy, alertness; insomnia, restlessness; anxiety; erratic and violent behavior, panic attacks, paranoia, psychosis; heart rhythm problems, heart attack; stroke, seizure, coma. Long-term effects: Loss of sense of smell, nosebleeds, nasal damage and trouble swallowing from snorting; infection and death of bowel tissue from decreased blood flow; poor nutrition and weight loss; lung damage from smoking.
Khat Abyssinian Tea, African Salad, Catha, Chat, Kat, Oat Short-term effects: Euphoria, increased alertness and arousal, increased blood pressure and heart rate, depression, paranoia, headaches, loss of appetite, insomnia, fine tremors, loss of short-term memory. Long-term effects: Gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation, ulcers, and stomach inflammation; and increased risk of heart attack.
Methamphetamine Desoxyn®: Crank, Chalk, Crystal, Dunk, Gak, Ice, Meth, Pookie, Quartz, Rocket Fuel, Scooby Snax, Speed, Trash, (With cocaine: Croak, Shabu), (With MDMA: Hugs and Kisses, Party and Play (P&P) Short-term effects: Increased wakefulness and physical activity; decreased appetite; increased breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, temperature; irregular heartbeat. Long-term effects: Anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood problems, violent behavior, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, weight loss, severe dental problems ("meth mouth"), intense itching leading to skin sores from scratching.
Methylphenidate Methylphenidate (Concerta®, Ritalin®): Diet Coke, JIF, Kiddie Coke, MPH, R-Ball, RPop, Skippy, Study Buddies , The Smart Drug, Vitamin R Short-term effects: Increased alertness, attention, energy; increased blood pressure and heart rate; narrowed blood vessels; increased blood sugar; opened-up breathing passages. High doses: dangerously high body temperature and irregular heartbeat; heart disease; seizures. Long-term effects: Heart problems, psychosis, anger, paranoia.
Nicotine Cigarettes/Cigars: Butts, Cancer sticks, Ciggys, Cigs, Coffin nails, Smokes, Stogies, Stokes, (Cigar hollowed out with marijuana added: Blunt), (Vaping: Cig-A-Like, EHookah, E-Juice, JUULing, vape pens, mods) Short-term effects: Increased blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. Exposes lungs to a variety of chemicals. Vaping also exposes lung s to metallic vapors created by heating the coils in the device. Long-term effects: Greatly increased risk of cancer, especially lung cancer when smoked, and oral cancers when chewed; chronic bronchitis; emphysema; heart disease; leukemia; cataracts; pneumonia.
Loperamide (Over-the-Counter) Imodium®, an OTC medication for diarrhea; Lope dope, Poor man’s methadone Short-term effects: Controls diarrhea symptoms. In high does, can produce euphoria. May lessen cravings and withdrawal symptoms of other drugs. Long-term effects: Unknown
Synthetic Cathinones ("Bath Salts") Bath Blow, Bloom, Blue Silk, Bubbles, Cloud Nine, Cosmic Blast, Flakka, Ivory Wave, Lunar Wave, Salting, Scarface, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning, Wicked X Short-term effects: Increased heart rate and blood pressure; euphoria; increased sociability and sex drive; paranoia, agitation, and hallucinations; violent behavior; sweating; nausea, vomiting; insomnia; irritability; dizziness; depression; panic attacks; reduced motor control; cloudy thinking. Long-term effects: Death.

Opioids (Narcotics)

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Codeine Captain Cody, Coties, Schoolboy, (With soft drinks/candy: Lean, Sizzurp, Purple Drank), (With hypnotic sedatives: Doors & Fours, Loads, Pancakes and Syrup Short-term effects: Pain relief, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, euphoria, slowed breathing, death. Long-term effects: Increased risk of overdose or addiction if misused.
Fentanyl Actiq®, Duragesic®, Sublimaze®: Apache, Blonde, Blue Diamond, Snowflake, Humid, Jackpot, Murder 8, Tango and Cash, TNT, White Ladies, (With heroin: Birria), (With heroin pills: Facebook) Short-term effects: Pain relief, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, euphoria, slowed breathing, death. Long-term effects: Increased risk of overdose or addiction if misused.
Heroin Brown sugar, Chiva Dope, H, Horse, Junk, Skag, Skunk, Smack, White Horse, (With OTC nighttime cold medicine: Cheese), (With Marijuana: ABomb) Short-term effects: Euphoria; dry mouth; itching; nausea; vomiting; analgesia; slowed breathing and heart rate. Long-term effects: Collapsed veins; abscesses (swollen tissue with pus); infection of the lining and valves in the heart; constipation and stomach cramps; liver or kidney disease.
Hydrocodone Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone (Vicodin®, Norco®, Zohydro®, and others); Vikes, Veeks, Idiot Pills, Scratch, 357s, Lemonade, Bananas, Dones, Droco, Lorries, With valium and vodka: Triple V Short-term effects: Pain relief, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, euphoria, slowed breathing, death. Long-term effects: Increased risk of overdose or addiction if misused.
Hydromorphone Hydromorphone (Dilaudid®) D, Dillies, K4, Needle Candy Short-term effects: Pain relief, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, euphoria, slowed breathing, death. Long-term effects: Increased risk of overdose or addiction if misused.
Kratom Herbal Speedball, Biak-biak, Ketum, Kahuam, Thang, Thom Short-term effects: Nausea, dizziness, itching, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, loss of appetite. Low doses: increased energy, sociability, alertness. High doses: sedation, euphoria, decreased pain. Long-term effects: Anorexia, weight loss, insomnia, skin darkening, constipation. Hallucination and paranoia with long-term use at high doses.
Meperidine Meperidine (Demerol®); Demmies, Pain Killer Short-term effects: Pain relief, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, euphoria, slowed breathing, death. Long-term effects: Increased risk of overdose or addiction if misused.
Methadone Methadone (Dolophine®, Methadose®); Amidone, Biscuits, Fizzies , Jungle Juice, Maria, Wafer. With MDMA: Chocolate Chip Cookies Short-term effects: Pain relief, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, euphoria, slowed breathing, death. Long-term effects: Increased risk of overdose or addiction if misused.
Morphine Morphine (Duramorph®, MS Contin®); Dreamer, First Line, Joy Juice, Morpho, Miss Emma, Monkey, White Stuff, Mister Blue, Unkie Short-term effects: Euphoria; dry mouth; itching; nausea; vomiting; analgesia; slowed breathing and heart rate. Long-term effects: Collapsed veins; abscesses (swollen tissue with pus); infection of the lining and valves in the heart; constipation and stomach cramps; liver or kidney disease.
Oxycodone Oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®, and others) Short-term effects: Pain relief, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, euphoria, slowed breathing, death. Long-term effects: Increased risk of overdose or addiction if misused.
Oxymorphone (Opana®); Biscuits, Blue Heaven, Blues, Mrs. O, O Bomb, Octagons, Stop Signs Short-term effects: Pain relief, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, euphoria, slowed breathing, death. Long-term effects: Increased risk of overdose or addiction if misused.

Cannabinoids

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Marijuana Various brand names in states where the sale of marijuana is legal; 420, Blunt, Bud, Doobie, Dope, Ganja, Grass, Green, Herb, Joint, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, Sinsemilla, Skunk, Smoke, Stinkweed, Trees, Weed. Hashish: Boom, Gangster, Hash, Hemp. Concentrates: Budder, Crumble, Shatter, Wax. In food: Edibles. Added to hollowed out cigar: Blunt Short-term effects: Enhanced sensory perception and euphoria followed by drowsiness/relaxation; slowed reaction time; problems with balance and coordination; increased heart rate and appetite; problems with learning and memory; anxiety. Long-term effects: Mental health problems, chronic cough, frequent respiratory infections.
Synthetic Cannabinoids Black Mamba, Bliss, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Fire, Genie, K-2, Moon Rocks, Solar Flare, Skunk, Smacked, Spice, Yucatan, Zohai Short-term effects: Increased heart rate; vomiting; agitation; confusion; hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia; increased blood pressure. Long-term effects: Unknown.

Hallucinogens

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Ayahuasca Aya, Hoasca, Vine, Yage Short-term effects include strong hallucinations, altered visual and auditory perceptions and increased heart rate. Long-term effects may include possible changes to the serotoninergic and immune systems.
Dimethyltriptamine (DMT) Businessman’s Special, DMT, Dimitri Short-term effects: Intense visual hallucinations, depersonalization, auditory distortions, and an altered perception of time and body image, usually peaking in about 30 minutes when drank as tea. Physical effects include hypertension, increased heart rate, agitation, seizures, and dilated pupils. Long-term effects: Unknown.
Ketamine Ketalar®, a surgical anesthetic. SpravatoTM (esketamine), prescribed for treatment resistant depression used under strict medical supervision. Ketaset, a surgical anesthesia used by veterinarians. Cat Valium, K, Lady K, Special K, Vitamin K Short-term effects: Problems with attention, learning, and memory; dreamlike states, hallucinations; sedation; confusion; loss of memory; raised blood pressure; unconsciousness; dangerously slowed breathing. Long-term effects: Ulcers and pain in the bladder; kidney problems; stomach pain; depression; poor memory.
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) Acid, Blotter, Boomers, Cid, Golden Dragon, Looney Tunes, Lucy Mae, Microdots, Tabs, Yellow Sunshine Short-term effects: Rapid emotional swings; distortion of a person’s ability to recognize reality, think rationally, or communicate with others; raised blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature; dizziness; loss of appetite; tremors; enlarged pupils. Long-term effects: Frightening flashbacks (called Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder HPPD); ongoing visual disturbances, disorganized thinking, paranoia, and mood swings.
Mescaline Big Chief, Buttons, Cactus, Mescalito Short-term effects: Enhanced perception and feeling; hallucinations; euphoria; anxiety; increased body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure; sweating; problems with movement. Long-term effects: Unknown
MDMA (methylenedioxy – methamphetamine) Adam, E, X, XTC, Beans, Candy, Ebomb, Thizz, Love Drug, Molly, Rolls, Skittles, Sweets, Vitamin E or X Short-term effects: Lowered inhibition; enhanced sensory perception; increased heart rate and blood pressure; muscle tension; nausea; faintness; chills or sweating; sharp rise in body temperature leading to kidney failure or death. Long-term effects: Long-lasting confusion, depression, problems with attention, memory, and sleep; increased anxiety, impulsiveness; less interest in sex.
Phencyclidine (PCP) Angel Dust, Embalming fluid, Hog, Rocket Fuel, Sherms. Mixed with marijuana: Zoom Short-term effects: Delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, problems thinking, a sense of distance from one’s environment, anxiety. Low doses: slight increase in breathing rate; increased blood pressure and heart rate; shallow breathing; face redness and sweating; numbness of the hands or feet; problems with movement. High doses: nausea; vomiting; flicking up and down of the eyes; drooling; loss of balance; dizziness; violence; seizures, coma, and death. Long-term effects: Memory loss, problems with speech and thinking, loss of appetite, anxiety.
Psilocybin Little Smoke, Magic Mushrooms, Purple Passion, Sacred Mush, Sewage Fruit, Shrooms, Zoomers Short-term effects: Hallucinations, altered perception of time, inability to tell fantasy from reality, panic, muscle relaxation or weakness, problems with movement, enlarged pupils, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness. Long-term effects: Risk of flashbacks and memory problems.
Salvia Sold legally in most states as Salvia divinorum; Chia seeds, Diviner’s Sage, Magic Mint, Sally-D, Ska Pastora Short-term effects: Short-lived but intense hallucinations; altered visual perception, mood, body sensations; mood swings, feelings of detachment from one’s body; sweating. Long-term effects: Unknown.

Inhalants

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Amyl Nitrite Air blast, Aimies, Bullets, Laughing gas, Moon gas, Oz, Poppers, Snappers, Snotballs, Toilet Water, Whippets, Whiteout Short-term effects: Confusion; nausea; slurred speech; lack of coordination; euphoria; dizziness; drowsiness; disinhibition, lightheadedness, hallucinations/delusions; headaches; sudden sniffing death due to heart failure (from butane, propane, and other chemicals in aerosols); death from asphyxiation, suffocation, convulsions or seizures, coma, or choking. Nitrites: enlarged blood vessels, enhanced sexual pleasure, increased heart rate, brief sensation of heat and excitement, dizziness, headache. Long-term effects: Liver and kidney damage; bone marrow damage; limb spasms due to nerve damage; brain damage from lack of oxygen that can cause problems with thinking, movement, vision, and hearing. Nitrites: increased risk of pneumonia.
Nitrous Oxide Laughing gas, balloons, Whippets Short-term effects: Confusion; nausea; slurred speech; lack of coordination; euphoria; dizziness; drowsiness; disinhibition, lightheadedness, hallucinations/delusions; headaches; sudden sniffing death due to heart failure (from butane, propane, and other chemicals in aerosols); death from asphyxiation, suffocation, convulsions or seizures, coma, or choking. Nitrites: enlarged blood vessels, enhanced sexual pleasure, increased heart rate, brief sensation of heat and excitement, dizziness, headache. Long-term effects: Liver and kidney damage; bone marrow damage; limb spasms due to nerve damage; brain damage from lack of oxygen that can cause problems with thinking, movement, vision, and hearing. Nitrites: increased risk of pneumonia.
Solvents Adhesives, spray paint, hair spray, dry cleaning fluid, spot remover, lighter fluid, paint thinners, gasoline, glues Short-term effects: Confusion; nausea; slurred speech; lack of coordination; euphoria; dizziness; drowsiness; disinhibition, lightheadedness, hallucinations/delusions; headaches; sudden sniffing death due to heart failure (from butane, propane, and other chemicals in aerosols); death from asphyxiation, suffocation, convulsions or seizures, coma, or choking. Nitrites: enlarged blood vessels, enhanced sexual pleasure, increased heart rate, brief sensation of heat and excitement, dizziness, headache. Long-term effects: Liver and kidney damage; bone marrow damage; limb spasms due to nerve damage; brain damage from lack of oxygen that can cause problems with thinking, movement, vision, and hearing. Nitrites: increased risk of pneumonia.

Other Compounds

Substance: Category and Name Examples of Commercial and Street Names Intoxication Effects/Potential Health Consequences
Anabolic Steroids Nandrolone (Oxandrin®), oxandrolone (Anadrol®), oxymetholone (Anadrol-50®), testosterone cypionate (Depo-testosterone®) Short-term effects: Builds muscles, improved athletic performance. Acne, fluid retention (especially in the hands and feet), oily skin, yellowing of the skin, infection. Long-term effects: Kidney damage or failure; liver damage; high blood pressure, enlarged heart, or changes in cholesterol leading to increased risk of stroke or heart attack, even in young people; aggression; extreme mood swings; anger ("roid rage"); extreme irritability; delusions; impaired judgment.
Dextromethrophan (DXM) Various (many brand names include "DM"); Poor Man’s PCP, Robo, Robotripping, Skittles, Triple C Short-term effects: Cough relief; euphoria; slurred speech; increased heart rate and blood pressure; dizziness; nausea; vomiting. Long-term effects: Unknown.
Sedative (Rohypnol®) Flunitrazepam, Rohypnol®; Circles, Date Rape Drug, Forget-Me Pill, La Rocha, Mexican Valium, Mind Short-term effects: Drowsiness, sedation, sleep; amnesia, blackout; decreased anxiety; muscle relaxation, impaired reaction time and motor coordination; impaired mental functioning and judgment; confusion; aggression; excitability; slurred speech; headache; slowed breathing and heart rate. Long-term effects: Unknown.

College Penalties for Students

General Disciplinary Procedure

Section 3.9 of the Code of Student Conduct addresses the subject of drugs and alcohol. The College will investigate all reported violations and will exercise professional judgment in the imposition of sanctions in accordance with the College’s prescribed disciplinary procedures. Students may receive College sanctions, criminal sanctions, or both. Disciplinary sanctions include, but are not limited to, reprimand, probation, suspension, or expulsion.

Alcohol

The use, possession, or distribution of alcohol by any person, regardless of age, is strictly prohibited on College property. Unlawful alcohol consumption or distribution by students, such as under-age drinking or public intoxication, is likewise prohibited at any official, College-sponsored activity regardless of location.

Controlled Substances

The unlawful use, possession or distribution of controlled substances by any person on College property is strictly prohibited. The College’s policy also applies to students participating in off-campus activities when the activity itself, or the student’s participation, is under the sponsorship of the College or a student organization recognized by the College.

Students determined to be in violation of this regulation, per the Code of Student Conduct, are subject to severe disciplinary sanctions, which include permanent suspension from the College. When such violations also constitute violations of public law, charges may be filed by the College for prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement agency. Under public law, conviction for the unlawful use, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

The penalties described in this handbook are subject to change depending on the adoption of new laws by the Texas Legislature or Congress.

Legal Sanctions and Penalties

A student or employee who violates the College’s alcohol and drug policy may be subject to College discipline as well as to criminal penalties provided by federal, state, and local law.

Counseling, Treatment, & Rehabilitation

In recognition of these increasing societal problems related to alcohol and substance abuse, education has been, and will continue to be, the primary focus of the College’s efforts. Providing honest, factual information through organized educational programs will assist individuals in making reasonable decisions regarding the use of chemical substances. This includes information about illegal substances and their effects, and about the establishment of responsible drinking behavior for those who choose to use alcoholic beverages.

Students who desire confidential assistance from the College in dealing with a perceived or possible alcohol or chemical substance abuse problem may self-refer for that assistance by making an appointment with a counselor in the Educational Planning, Counseling, and Completion office. Although the College does not conduct treatment or rehabilitation programs, College counselors are equipped to facilitate referrals to appropriately qualified, community providers of treatment programs.

Resources

General Resources

Bay Area Council on Drug and Alcohol
800-510-3111
bayareacouncilondrugsandalcohol.homestead.com

Residential Treatment and Hospitals

Bay Area Recovery Center
281-667-0521
www.bayarearecovery.com

Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center
713-222-2273
https://www.memorialhermann.org/services/specialties/parc

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous
713-686-6300
www.aahouston.org

Narcotics Anonymous
713-661-4200
www.hascona.com

City of Houston Ordinances (Not All-Inclusive)

Offense Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Possession, provision, sale, barter, production, manufacture or distribution of any illicit synthetic drug Fine not to exceed $2,000
Offering, displaying, marketing or advertising for sale any illicit synthetic drug Fine not to exceed $2,000
Purchasing with the intent to provide, sell, barter, produce, manufacture or distribute any illicit synthetic drug Fine not to exceed $2,000
Failure to publicly display or label herbal incense Fine not to exceed $2,000
Solicitation to purchase or acquire a controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, dangerous drug or volatile chemical Fine not less than $100 Fine not to exceed $2,000

Penalties Under Texas Law (Not All-Inclusive)

Offense Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Possession of salvia divinorum Confinement in jail term of six months–20 years and fines from $2,000-$10,000 Confinement in jail term of five-99 years and fine not to exceed $50,000
Manufacturer, delivery or intent to deliver of controlled substance (drugs) Confinement in state jail for 180 days to two years and fine not to exceed $10,000 Life imprisonment or term of 15-99 years and fine not to exceed $250,000
Possession of controlled substance (drugs) Confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000 Life imprisonment or term of 10 to 99 years and fine not to exceed $250,000
Delivery of marijuana Confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days and/or fine not to exceed, $2,000 Life imprisonment or term of 10-99 years and fine not to exceed $100,000
Possession of marijuana Confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days and/or not to exceed $2,000 Life imprisonment or term of five-99 years and fine not to exceed $50,000
Driving while intoxicated (includes intoxication for drugs and/or alcohol) – does not include assault or manslaughter while driving intoxicated Confinement in jail 72 hours-180 days and/or fine not to exceed $2,000; suspension of driver’s license for 90 days to one year Imprisonment of two-10 years; fine upward of $6,000 or more; suspension of driver’s license for one to two years
Public intoxication No minimum punishment listed Fine not to exceed $500
Possession of alcoholic beverage in motor vehicle No minimum punishment listed Fine not to exceed $500
Purchase, consumption or possession of alcohol by a minor Fine not to exceed $500 Confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days and/or fine of $250-$2,000
Sale of alcohol to minor No minimum listed Confinement in jail not to exceed one year and/or fine not to exceed $4,000
Manufacturer, distribution or dispensing drugs (includes marijuana) Imprisonment up to 2 years, and fine of not more than $10,000 Life imprisonment. Fines can reach $100,000 or more
Possession of drugs (including marijuana) Imprisonment of not more than one year, and a fine of $4,000 Imprisonment of 2 to 20 years; certain offenses can result in fines in excess of $50,000
Operation of a common carrier under the influences of alcohol or drugs No minimum listed Imprisonment for up to 15 years; fine up to $250,000 for an individual

Penalties Under Federal Law (Not All-Inclusive)

Offense Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Manufacturer, distribution or dispensing drugs (includes marijuana) Imprisonment up to 20 years, and fine of not more than $5,000,000 Life imprisonment; fines can reach up to $10 million
Possession of drugs (including marijuana) Imprisonment of not more than one year, and an assocated fine Imprisonment; certain offenses can result in fines in excess of $500,000
Operation of a common carrier under the influences of alcohol or drugs No minimum listed Imprisonment of not more than 5 years or fine up to $10,000