Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

TVCC is Drug Free

An information and referral site for students and employees of Treasure Valley Community College.

Our Goal is Your Success

We're interested in your health and well-being as you work toward a better future at TVCC. There are some guidelines you should be aware of that are necessary for our mutual benefit. We also want to help you get any assistance you may need to overcome drug or alcohol dependencies that may hamper your ability to succeed at college and in your career. First, the rules:

  • The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession and/or use of controlled substances at TVCC is prohibited. (Board Policy JFCH)
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances may be removed, dismissed or suspended from college premises, functions, classes, activities, or responsibilities.
  • Treasure Valley Community College will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, state, and federal law), up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution for violations of these policies. (TVCC Rights & Freedoms of Students & Board Policy JFCH)

WARNING!!!Alcohol and drug use or abuse is not only hazardous to your health, but is hazardous to your status as a TVCC student as well!

Drug and Alcohol Abuse is Dangerous to Your Health

The use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol can create a variety of health risks as well as impair your ability to succeed at the College and in your chosen career. You should be aware of these possible health risks:

Marijuanais addictive and can cause:
  • Impaired short-term memory, visual tracking, heart rate
  • Slowed reaction time/poor coordination
  • Lung disease
  • Damage to reproductive functions
Cocaine, Crack, and Crankare highly addictive and may cause:
  • Impaired judgement
  • Short attention span
  • Irritability, depression, mood swings
  • Malnutrition, severe weight loss and liver damage
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Seizure and heart attack
PCP, LSD, Heroin, Methamphetamines, and Morphinehave a wide variety of negative health effects which may include:
  • hallucinations, mental confusion, and/or permanent loss of mental function
  • addiction
  • convulsions
  • coma
  • death
Prescription Drugsare too often used to reduce stress, and are not safe unless they are taken as prescribed. If abused, they can lead to:
  • malnutrition, sluggishness, or hyperactivity
  • impaired reflexes
  • addiction and brain damage
  • coma
  • death
  • alcohol poisoning
  • loss of concentration
  • poor judgment and coordination
  • impaired memory
  • drowsiness and mood swings
  • liver damage/cirrhosis of the liver
  • high blood pressure and heart attack
  • pancreatitis
  • various cancers
  • health disease
  • death (in large, sudden doses)
Federal and State Law Sets Severe Penalties

The following chart describes the penalties for POSSESSION of key DRUGS (the schedules are more inclusive) according to the Federal Drug schedules:

Schedule II Class C Felony

Methadone, morphine, amphetamine, cocaine, PCP

  • 5 years
  • $100,000

Schedule III Class A Misdemeanor

Non-amphetamine stimulants, some depressants

  • 1 year
  • $2,500

Schedule IV Class C Misdemeanor

Valium-type tranquilizers, some less potent depressants

  • 30 days
  • $500

Schedule V-Violation

Dilute mixtures, compounds with small amounts of controlled drugs

  • none
  • $1,000
Delivery of less than 5 grams or possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a violation. HB 2479 established mandatory evaluation, education and treatment services for those under 18 years old. If services are successfully completed, the charge will be dropped.

Oregon has strong new laws allowing cars, boats, etc., that transport illegal drugs to be seized and forfeited.

ALCOHOL is an illegal drug for those under 21 years of age. For drivers under 18, ANY detectable amount of alcohol (above .00/BAC) is grounds for losing their license until they are 18.

There are many more laws pertaining to alcohol and other drugs. This is a sample to demonstrate that most drugs are ILLEGAL, and a criminal conviction may bar a student from their chosen career path, or an employee from successful employment with the College.

Information and Referral Services

Students and staff who would like information regarding alcohol or drug treatment agencies are urged to contact the TVCC counselors in Student Services for assistance and referrals. Lifeways Behavioral Health, Inc,. 889-9167, has current listings for AA, NA, Alateen, and Alanon.

Assistance Programs Available to Students and Employees:

Drug & Alcohol Counselingz: 541-889-9167 Alcohol Rehabilitation Center(residential): 541-889-2490 Alcoholics Anonymous: 1-800-627-9103 Oregon Drug & Alcohol Information Center: 1-800-452-7032Ext. 33673