DRUG AND ALCOHOL
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DRUG AND ALCOHOL PREVENTION & AWARENESS POLICIES
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (Public Law 101-226) requires Institutes receiving Federal Financial Assistance to implement and enforce drug prevention programs and policies. The school does hold its students and employees responsible for the consequences of their decisions to use or distribute illicit drugs or to serve or consume alcohol. It is the intent of AATI, Corp to establish and maintain a drug-free workplace. Alcoholic beverages or other drugs, except those prescribed by a physician, are not permitted to be possessed, used, sold or distributed on the premises or as part of any of the activities of American Advanced Technicians Institute, Corp.. No student or employee will use or be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs except those prescribed by a physician while the student or employee is on the School premises. A student who must take prescribed drugs must provide the school written notification of such by the prescribing physician. VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY CONSTITUTES GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL.
Under federal law, any employee working under, or student receiving funds from a federal grant or contract, must report his/her criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the school to the Administration not later than five (5) days after such conviction. If said employee/student is receiving federal grant or contract funds, the school is required to give notice of the conviction to the contracting agency within ten (10) days after learning of it. Employees/students convicted must, under the terms of this policy, have sanctions imposed within thirty days of the date the school Administration learns of the conviction.
In certain cases, students or employees may be referred to counseling sources and/or substance abuse help centers. If such a referral is made, continued enrollment or employment will be subject to successful completion of any prescribed counseling or treatment program.
Sources for Education and Treatment: Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc., Miami, Florida (305-461-2239) National Cocaine Hotline (1-800-COCAINE) National Alcoholism And Substance Abuse (1-800-784-6776). National Institute on Drug Abuse/Treatment Hotline (1-800-662-HELP) Narcotics Anonymous, Miami, FL (305-265-9555) AIDS Information Hotline (1-800-342-AIDS). National STD Hotline (1-800-227-8922). Federal Drug, Alcohol and Crime Clearinghouse Network (1-800-788-2800).
Health Risks: Alcohol consumption, even in low amounts, causes a number of changes in behavior and physiology. The physical effects related to alcohol abuse include increased heart rate, loss of muscle control, slurred speech, poor coordination and hangover miseries. The mental effects of alcohol use are impaired judgment, impaired thinking and reasoning processes, poor concentration and loss of inhibitions. Statistics show that alcohol use is involved in a majority of violent behaviors on college campuses, including acquaintance rape, vandalism, fights, and incidents of drinking and driving. Continued abuse may lead to dependency, toxic psychosis, and permanent neurological and organ damage. Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. Drug abuse in general causes a lowered resistance to disease. Intravenous drug abuse can lead to exposure to the AIDS virus and other diseases. Stimulants can cause individuals to go beyond their physical limits. Heart disease, infections, malnutrition, and death are also attributable to their abuse. Withdrawals from stimulants is accompanied by sever depressions and suicidal ideation; therefore, physical supervision is recommended. Depressant abuse can result in respiratory arrest, convulsions coma and death. Withdrawal from depressants can be very dangerous is not done under a physician’s care.
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