Alcohol, Caffeine, Tobacco, & Other Drugs
Take advantage of the several pamphlets and informational programs presented
throughout the year by Health Services and other MCC departments.
|College + Alcohol + Other Drugs = Missed Classes
Loss of Funds for Your Education
Violence and Criminal behavior
Loss of YOUR Future
The use of alcohol on college campuses is very
common, but unfortunately, so is the abuse of alcohol. Alcohol abuse
includes binge drinking, drinking to get drunk, and alcoholism which
is not uncommon among college students. Alcohol abuse is also at the
root of other common college dangers including acquaintance rape, motor
vehicle accidents, assault, and alcohol poisoning.
If you suspect alcohol poisoning or drug overdose
CALL 2911 (or click to EMERGENCY
Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency and
can lead to death if treatments is not started quickly. A person will
not "sleep it off". Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:
- inability or difficulty waking a person
- pale or bluish tinge to the skin;
- slow or irregular breathing.
For more information about alcohol poisoning
go to www.bacchusnetwork.org/alcohol-poisoning.html
If you are concerned that you or a friend may
have a problem with alcohol, contact Health Services or the following
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Hotline: 1-800-ALCOHOL
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information: 1-800-729-6686
If you suspect a drug overdose - Call 2911
(or click to EMERGENCY
As part of the effort to create a drug-free campus, Monroe
Community College believes that the college community should be educated
about the physical and emotional health hazards the misuse of drugs
and alcohol presents.
MCC provides information and educational programs
on substance abuse throughout the year to students, faculty, and staff.
Listed below are some of the health risks associated with using/abusing
alcohol and various drugs. (Please note that the dangers associated
with substance abuse are not limited to only the conditions listed below.)
Substances & Known Health Risks
Alcohol: Heart and liver
damage; brain damage; death from overdose and accidents.
Marijuana/Hashish: Impaired memory perception, interference
with psychological maturation, possible damage to lungs and heart,
Cocaine: Intense psychological dependence, sleeplessness
and anxiety, nasal passage damage, lung damage, and death from overdose.
Stimulants: Loss of appetite, hallucinations, paranoia,
convulsions, brain damage, cancers of the lung, throat, mouth, death
Depressants: Infection, addiction, loss of appetite,
death from overdose, nausea, and has severe interaction with alcohol.
Narcotics: Addiction with severe withdrawal symptoms,
loss of appetite, death from overdose.
Hallucinogens: Anxiety, depression, impaired memory,
emotional breakdown, death from overdose.
Inhalants: Drastic weight loss, brain damage, liver
and bone marrow damage, high risk of sudden death.
Taking any drug can have serious consequences
on your life, your family, and friends. All have a variety of street
names. All are addictive. All can kill.
The abuse of prescription medications such
as oxycontin and hydrocodone have increased dramatically in the past
few years. Addiction to pain relievers, like oxycontin which is in Percodan
and hydrocodone in Vicodan, often begins with prescribed use, but becomes
abuse when the user takes the drug for the way it makes them feel, eventually
becoming physically addicted. The ready availability of these medications
and their highly addictive nature make these drugs very dangerous to
college students who may consider experimenting.
Health Services has many informational materials
For More Information call:
National Drug Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP
National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663
Tobacco products contain some of the most addictive
substances known to man. This and the social aspects of smoking make
in a very difficult addiction to quit. If you do not smoke or chew,
strongly consider the consequences if you start. If you do smoke or
chew, consider the benefits of quitting. These include:
- Cost: cigarettes are
up to $5.00 a pack, this is money that could be used for something
you really want or need.
- Tobacco smoke stinks and stains
your teeth. Chew stains your teeth and makes your breath
- Health risks: Smokers
can’t run, they even have trouble climbing a flight of stairs.
Smoking and chewing tobacco cause cancer of the lung and jaw. That
is a FACT!
Thinking About Stopping Smoking?
up the phone and call:
New York State Smokers' Quitline
NYS Smokers' Quitsite - http://www.nysmokefree.com
Caffeine is a stimulant that affects different
people to different degrees.
Be aware of what that friendly one, two or three cups of coffee, tea
or cola can do. Know what products contain caffeine and which products
affect you the most. Know your limits. If you are having difficulty
sleeping, have no caffeinated products after 6 pm.
Prescription Medicine, “Over the Counter"
Medication, and Herbal remedies are DRUGS
Before taking any medications educate yourself.
All medications have side effects and in some cases the side effects
can outweigh the benefit of the medication. Ask your Doctor and Pharmacist,
read the product information, or do your own research. Only you should
decide if you want this drug.
Herbal remedies, while "natural,"
contain many of the same active ingredients and therefore the same risks
as medications that are available by prescription or over the counter
in pharmacies. Vitamins, minerals, and supplements contain many of the
same ingredients that are in the foods we eat. Some are harmless and
may be helpful, while others can be quite dangerous overloading our
bodies ability to process these agents. Unfortunately, there is very
little scientific research on the safety and effectiveness of herbal
remedies and supplements. Be cautious and become informed before trying
QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE TAKING MEDICATION
What is it?
How will it help me?????????????
What is it made of?
How much do I take?
What can I do or not do while taking this medication?
What other drugs or foods should I take or not take with this medicine?
Food and Drug Administration www.fda.gov
National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine