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Substance Abuse

National Louis University is committed to providing a safe, drug-free environment.

‌ We are here as a resource to you!

Please view the tabs below to learn more about prevention, assistance with and resources for substance abuse. 

Drug abuse is a vicious cycle that requires professional intervention!



Common Signs of Substance Abuse: BRAM

                                                                                                
                                                       Changes in:


                                                               Behavior
                                                                  -personality changes
                                                                  -oversensitive
                                                                  -resentful


                                                               Relationships
                                                                  -withdrawal from friends and family
                                                                  -hanging with a new crowd

                                                               Accessibility
                                                                  -being secretive
                                                                  -hard to reach
                                                                  -excessive need for privacy
                                                                  -frequently breaking the rules, especially curfew
                                                               

                                                               Money
                                                                  -unexplained need for money
                                                                  -not able to account for spending

 

 

 

 

 

 

USDA Defines Moderate Drinking As:
         -2 drinks a day for men
         -1 drink a day for women

A standard drink:
         -12oz. beer
         -5oz. wine (about ½ cup)
         -1.5 ounces distilled spirits

Blood Alcohol Content/Concentration (BAC)
          -The concentration of alcohol in the blood (measured as mass per volume)

Click on these links to learn important information about the difference in BAC for men and BAC for women.

BAC men

BAC women

Signs of Alcohol Abuse:
   -Cannot control how much they drink
   -Cannot stop drinking once they start
   -Need to drink more and more to get the same effect
   -Withdrawal occurs was the drinking stops
   -Long recovery needed after drinking
   -All activities revolve around drinking
   -Drinking continues despite negative consequences like physical symptoms and/or relationship issues that result from drinking

Health Effects of Alcohol Abuse:
  -Alcohol is a DRUG
   -Increased risk of cancer
   -Depressant-reduces brain activity
   -Reduces new brain cell production
   -Damages liver
   -Cannot be taken with most prescription drugs
   -Inhibits cell regeneration
      -->Particularly in underdeveloped brains (teens)

 

Health effects of drugs:
      -Drugs are chemicals
      -Long lasting, damaging effects on the body and brain even well after usage has ended
      -More deaths, illnesses and disabilities stem from substance abuse than from any other preventable health condition
     -Weaken immune system
      -Spreading germs through sharing cups and other paraphernalia
      -Negatively effects the reward center in the brain
   Can cause:
      -Paranoia
      -Aggressiveness
      -Hallucinations
      -Addiction
      -Impaired judgement
      -Impulsiveness
      -Loss of control
      -Birth defects

To learn more about the health effects and warning signs of a specific drug, please visit http://www.casacolumbia.org/addiction/commonly-used-illegal-drugs  or http://recovergateway.org/substance-abuse-resources/

Warning Signs of Drug Abuse:
   -Blood shot eyes
   -Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
   -Sudden weight loss or weight gain
   -Loss of regular hygiene habits
   -Unusual smells on breath, body, and clothing
   -Tremors
   -Slurred speech
   -Poor coordination
   -Sudden mood swings
   -Sudden energy swings
   -Lack of motivation
   -Appears anxious or paranoid for no reason

To learn more about understanding an addiction and what you can do to help a loved one suffering from an addiction, please visit http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/drug-abuse-and-addiction.htm

 

 

What to Do When A Friend Has Had Too Much To Drink:
   -Remain calm
   -Never leave the person alone or with someone you don’t know
   -Take their car keys if they intend to drive
   -Call a cab and take the cab with them
   -Discourage further drinking
         -Distract the person
         -Switch their drink to water, a fountain drink, or say their drink contains alcohol when it really doesn’t
   -If the person needs to go to the bathroom, accompany them and stay with them to prevent any injuries from falling etc.
   -If the person must lay down, be sure they are laying in recovery position (with an open area around their head, on their side,   with top knee bent   
   -If the person is asleep while in recovery position, be sure to stir them frequently and make sure they respond to your  disturbance. If they do not stir or respond, call 911 immediately.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:
   -If you see any of these, call 911 immediately
   -Person is nonresponsive
   -Blue lips and fingertips
   -Cold, clammy hands and feet
   -Vomit in sleep without waking

 

Signs of Drug Overdose:
   -If you see any of these, call 911 immediately
   -Rapid breathing
   -High temperature
   -Confusion
   -Abdominal Pain
   -Nausea
   -Vomiting/Diarrhea
   -Chest Pain

What to Do:
-Call an ambulance or bring the person to the nearest emergency room
-Bring any bottles of drugs with you and provide the doctors with any information about the person and their drug use as possible

Helpful Links:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) offers extensive information and research regarding alcohol use and abuse.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) is a National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information, offering information relating to substance abuse.

To discover more about the causes, effects, and warning signs of substance abuse, as well as important facts about substance abuse on college campuses, please visit http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/substance-abuse-in-college/.

College Alcoholism Guide provides support for those who are struggling with alcoholism as well as their parents, friends, family members, teachers, healthcare workers, and all members of the community.

Addiction Center is not a specific treatment facility, but rather a free web information guide that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together. 

The Rehab Center is a website founded a few years ago because the creator struggled with addiction during his college years. His idea was to create a platform where people could find information about addiction and treatment modalities to locate the appropriate fit.

The Recovery Village is a treatment facility located mostly in Florida that offers personalized addiction treatment for those in need.  The also have a blog which offers varying articles on how to support someone struggling with addiction or to navigate addiction personally. 

To learn more about understanding an addiction and what you can do to help a loved one suffering from an addiction, please visit http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/drug-abuse-and-addiction.htm

Or

 https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/drugs/

Assessment Tools:

Examine your drinking habits and learn how to spot signs of trouble.

Identify and avoid date rape/club drugs.   

Learn the facts about prescription drug misuse.

Take this online assessment to determine your level of risk regarding drugs and alcohol.

Support Groups:

Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service 
Al-Anon Family Groups
Alcoholics Anonymous 
Cocaine Anonymous 
Narcotics Anonymous 
Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous

Treatment Centers:

Peer Services, Inc. - Adult and adolescent outpatient services.  Evanston 847.492.1778 / Glenview 847.657.7337 

Gateway Foundation- Chicago West- Adult inpatient and outpatient treatment center.  Chicago 877.505.4673

Harborview Recovery Center - Adult inpatient and outpatient treatment.  Lincoln Park 773.665.3371

To find treatment centers in your area and learn more about which treatment center may be right for you, check out http://www.recovery.org/.

National Louis University forbids the unlawful use, possession, distribution or sale of drugs or alcohol by a student anywhere on University property.  All National Louis University students, faculty, and staff are expected to comply with all local, state, and federal laws and ordinances.  Failure to do so may result in criminal persecution and/or University disciplinary action.

National Louis University will impose disciplinary sanctions upon students and employees who violate this policy as consistent with federal, state, and local law. Violations of said laws pertaining to drug and alcohol abuse by student or employees may result in a variety of disciplinary actions based on severity and frequence of actions.  Disciplinary measure may include referral for criminal prosecution, fines and/or imprisonment, court attendance, required treatment, suspension, expulsion, and termination of employment without pay.

Employees, please visit the Employee Handbook regarding National Louis University's policies and sanctions.

Students, please visit page 60 of the Student Guidebook for the full Substance Abuse policy, and visit page 64 for specific details regarding National Louis University's Student Conduct Process.

National Louis University forbids the unlawful use, possession, distribution, or sale of drugs or alcohol by a student or employee anywhere on University property.

Substance

Alcohol
at .10 blood alcohol concentration and above

Cannabis
Marijuana Hash/Hash Oil THC

Cocaine
includes crack cocaine

Effects of Occasional and Extended Use

  • impaired motor abilities
  • reduced judgments
  • sleepiness
  • increased sexual desire, but reduced ability to perform
  • nausea, vomiting
  • liver disorders
  • alcoholic hepatitis
  • alcoholic cirrhosis
  • cancer of the tongue, mouth, throat, liver, esophagus, breast
  • fetal alcohol syndrome (most common symptom is mental retardation)
  • diminished short-term memory, motivation and cognition, coordination, concentration, oral communication, and reaction time
  • anxiety and panic reactions
  • carcinogenic elements in smoke
  • damaged lungs and respiratory system
  • increased likelihood of risk taking
  • seizures
  • sleeplessness
  • paranoia
  • irregular heartbeat
  • can cause sudden death by stroke or heart failure even in young users
  • cocaine psychosis (paranoia and hallucinations)
  • ulceration of mucous membranes in the nose
  • sexual dysfunction
  • during pregnancy: severe physical and emotional problems in babies

Local Treatment

The National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline 1-800-662-HELP (An information and referral line that directs callers to treatment centers in the local community)

Depressants
Tranquilizers
Barbiturates
Methaqualone

Other Stimulants (excluding cocaine)
Amphetamines
Methamphetamines

Psychedelics
LSD
Mescaline
Psilocybin Phencyclidine (PCP)
MDMA (Ecstasy)
MDA

Narcotics
Opium
Morphine
Codeine
Thebaine
Heroin
Methadone
Darvon
Demerol

  • dangerous effects when mixed with alcohol
  • calmness and relaxed muscles
  • slurred speech
  • staggering gait
  • loss of motor coordination
  • altered perceptions
  • respiratory depression, which can result in coma or death
  • disruption of normal sleep cycle
  • during pregnancy: birth defects, brain tumors in children
  • tolerance develops severe withdrawal symptoms
  • physical and psychological dependence
  • increased heart and respiratory rates
  • elevated blood
  • decreased appetites
  • headaches
  • blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • sleeplessness
  • anxiety
  • amphetamine psychosis (violent behavior, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia)
  • drug tolerance and dependency
  • mood swings
  • ulcers
  • mental confusion
  • distorted sense of distance, space and time
  • blockage of pain sensation
  • nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • severe mood disorders: panic, depression, anxiety
  • greater suggestibility and feelings of invulnerability
  • unpredictable reactions if drugs are "cut" with impurities
  • tolerance after 3-4 daily doses (higher doses are required t
  • produce same effects)
  • feelings of euphoria followed by drowsiness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • respiratory depression
  • central nervous system depression
  • use of unsterile needles promotes: AIDS, Hepatitis B, Endocarditis (infection in heart)
  • women dependent on opiates have multiple pregnancy complications: spontaneous abortions, still births, anemia and diabetes
Policies in regard to student alcohol and substance abuse are in this Student Guidebook and discipline procedures are in accordance with the Student Conduct Process. Faculty and staff are subject to the employee policies within the Human Resource Department.

Drug Laws and Penalties Illinois

Drug

Amount

Charge

Penalty

Heroin, Cocaine, Morphine

Less than 15 grams

Class 4 Felony

 

15-99 grams

Class 1 Felony

4-15 years in prison

100-399 grams

Class 1 Felony

6-30 years in prison

400-899 grams

Class 1 Felony

8-40 years in prison

900 grams or more

Class 1 Felony

10-50 years in prison

Marijuana

2.5 grams or less

Class C misdemeanor

30 days in jail, $1,500 fines

2.6-10 grams

Class B misdemeanor

6 mos. In jail, $1,500 fines

11-30 grams

Class A misdemeanor

1 yr. in jail, $2,500 fines

31-500 grams

Class 4 Felony

1-3 years in prison

501-2,000 grams

Class 3 Felony

2-5 years in prison

2,001-5,000 grams

Class 2 Felony

3-7 years in prison

More than 5,000 grams

Class 1 Felony

4-15 years in prison

Peyote, barbituric acid, amphetamine

200 or more grams

Class 1 Felony

4-15 years in prison, up to $25,000 fine

LSD

15 to 100 grams or 15 or more but less than 200 objects/segregated parts

Class 1 Felony

4-15 years in prison, various fines

100-399 grams or 200 or more but less than 600 objects/segregated parts

Class 1 Felony

6-30 years in prison, various fines

400-899 grams or 600 or more but less than 1500 objects/segregated parts

Class 1 Felony

8-40 years in prison, various fines

900 grams or more or 1500 or more objects/segregated parts

Class 1 Felony

10-50 years in prison, fines up to $200,000

Amphetamines

Less than 15 grams

Class 4 Felony

1-3 years in prison, fines up to $25,000

15 or more but less than 100 grams, or 15 or more but less than 200 tablets, etc.

Class 1 Felony

4-15 years in prison, various fines

100 or more but less than 400 grams or 200 or more but less than 600 tablets, etc.

Class 1 Felony

6-30 years in prison, various fines

400 or more but less than 900 grams or 600 or more but less than 1500 tablets, etc.

Class 1 Felony

12-30 years in prison, various fines

900 grams or more or 1500 or more tablets, etc.

Class 1 Felony

15-60 years in prison, fines up to $25,000

Pentazocine, methaqualone, and PCP

30 grams or more

Class 1 Felony

4-15 years in prison, fines up to $25,000

Schedule I or II narcotics (other than those listed above)

Any amount

Class 1 Felony

4-15 years in prison, fines up to $25,000

Anabolic Steroids

Any amount

Class C misdemeanor for first conviction

Up to 30 days in jail, fines up to $1,500

Any amount

Class B misdemeanor for second conviction within two years of first

Up to 6 months in jail, fines up to $1,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penalties for Underage Drinking and Alcohol Possession

Type

Charge

Penalty

Providing alcohol to an individual under the age of 21

Misdemeanor

Max. $2,500 fine

 

Up to 1 year in prison

Felony

Up to $25,000 fines

 

1+ years in prison

Knowingly allowing underage drinking to occur at a private residence

 

Fines from $500-$2,500

 

Up to a year in prison

Knowingly allowing underage drinking to occur at a private residence and serious injury or death occurs

Class 4 Felony

Fines up to $25,000

 

Up to 3 years in prison

Possession, consumption, purchase, or receipt of alcohol by an individual under the age of 21

 

Three-month suspension of driving privileges for court supervision, six months for first conviction, one year for second conviction, and license revocation for subsequent convictions

Illegal transportation of alcohol in an automobile by an individual under the age of 21

 

Anyone in the vehicle can be charged a max. $1,000 fine.

 

The driver receives a mandatory driver’s license suspension for one year on the first offense and mandatory one-year revocation for subsequent offenses

 

Underage Drinking and Driving Illinois

Action

1st Offense

2nd Offense

Zero Tolerance (BAC over 0.0 while driving)

Three-month suspension of driving privileges; six-month suspension with refusal of alcohol testing

One-year suspension of driver’s license; two-year suspension with refusal of testing

DUI Arrest Driving Sanctions (BAC of at least .08%, a showing of other drugs, or refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing)

Six-month suspension of driving privileges; one-year suspension with refusal of testing.

(if second offense is within 5 years of the first) One-year suspension of driving privileges; three-year suspension with refusal of testing. No driving relief possible.

 

1st Conviction

2nd Conviction

Underage DUI Convictions

Up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,500. Two-year minimum revocation of driver’s license. Not eligible for driving relief until the second year.

Up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,500. Revocation of driver’s license for a minimum of five years or until age 21, whichever is longer. Mandatory minimum imprisonment of five days (or 240 hours of community service)

Aggravated DUI (Resulting in a felony charge, a third DUI conviction, or committing a DUI without a valid license, permit, or insurance)

-          Imprisonment of up to 14 years for DUI resulting in loss of life

-          Imprisonment of up to 28 years for multiple fatalities

-          Felony charges vary for offense from a Class 4 Felony (one to three years of imprisonment) to a Class X Felony (6-30 years)

-          Min. revocation periods vary for offense from a min. of one year to mandatory life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUI Penalties in Illinois

Sanction

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Jail

Up to 1 year

Up to 1 year

3-7 years

Fines and Penalties

Up to $2,500

Up to $2,500

Up to $2,500

License Suspension

Min. 1 year

Min. 5 years

Min. 10 years

Interlock Ignition Device Required

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Drug Possession Penalties for Florida (2016)

Drug

Amount

Minimum Sentence

Maximum Sentence

Cannabis/Marijuana

Less than 20 grams

Court Costs (maybe)

365 days in jail

More than 20 grams

Court Costs (won’t happen)

5 years in prison

25-2,000lbs

3 years + $25,000 fine

30 years

2K-10K lbs

7 years + $50,000 fine

30 years

10K lbs and up

15 years + $200,000 fine

30 years

Cocaine

Less than 28 grams

Court Costs (won’t happen)

5 years

28-199,99 grams

3 years + $50,000 fine

30 years

200-399.99 grams

7 years + $100,000 fine

30 years

400 gms – 149.99 kgms

15 years + $250,000 fine

30 years

150 kgms or more

Life, no parole (exceptions)

Life

Heroin, Morphine, Opiates

4-14.99 grams

3 years + $50,000 fine

 

15-27.99 grams

15 years + $100,000 fine

 

28 gms – 29.99 kg

25 years + $500,000 fine

 

30 kg

Life

Life

MDMA/Ecstasy

Less than 10 grams

Court Costs (won’t happen)

5 years

10-199.99 gms

3 years + $50,000 fine

30 years

200-399.99 gms

7 years + $100,000 fine

30 years

400 gms-29.99 kgms

15 years + $250,000 fine

30 years

LSD

Less than 1 gram

Court Costs (won’t happen)

5 years

1-4.99 gms

3 years + $50,000 fine

30 years

5-6.99 gms

7 years + $100,000 fine

30 years

7 gms or more

15 years + $500,00 fine

30 years

 

DUI Laws in Florida

Penalty

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Jail

6 to 9 months

9 months to 1 year

Up to 1 year

Fines and Penalties

$500 to $2,000

$1,000 to $4,000

$2,000 to $5,000

License Suspension

180 days to 1 year

5 years (which can be reduced to 1)

10 years (which can be reduced to 2)

Interlock Ignition Device Required

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Overview of Alcohol Law Penalties in the state of Florida and Hillsborough County

 

State of Florida

Hillsborough County

City of Tampa

Definition of alcoholic beverages

Distilled spirits and all beverages containing one-half of 1% or more alcohol by volume.

Same as state’s definition.

Silent. Defer to state definition.

Minimum legal drinking age

21 years old

21 years old

21 years old

Penalties for underage person drinking or underage person’s possession of alcoholic beverages

First offense is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment not to exceed 60 days. Second offense is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment not to exceed one year.

Silent. Defer to state guidelines.

Silent. Defer to state guidelines.

Penalties for furnishing alcoholic beverages to or buying alcoholic beverages for underage persons

Second-degree misdemeanor punishable by fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment not to exceed 60 days.

Silent. Defer to state guidelines.

Silent. Defer to state guidelines.

Penalties for fraudulent use of fake ID to buy alcoholic beverages

Second-degree misdemeanor punishable by fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment not to exceed 60 days.

Silent. Defer to state guidelines.

Silent. Defer to state guidelines.

Penalties for underage person drinking on unlicensed premises.

Silent.

Fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed 60 days, or both.

Silent.

Penalties for violating open-container laws.

Driver: Noncriminal moving traffic violation. Passenger: Nonmoving traffic violation. Penalties vary greatly for drivers and passengers depending on facts and circumstances. Chapter 318 of the Florida Statutes has details.

Silent. Defer to state guidelines.

Fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 60 days, and/or a term of probation not to exceed 6 months.

Definition of driving under the influence (DUI)

Blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood; or breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 L of breath. But, if the driver is under the age of 21, it is unlawful for such person to have a blood-alcohol or breath-alcohol level of 0.02 or higher to drive or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. 

Silent. Defer to state guidelines.

Silent. Defer to state guidelines.

Penalties for DUI or for boating under the influence

First conviction: Fine of $250-$500 and imprisonment not to exceed 6 months. Second conviction: Fine of $500-$1,000, imprisonment not to exceed 9 months, and mandatory placement of an ignition interlock device for at least one year. Third conviction within 10 years after a prior conviction: third degree felony punishable by a fine not to exceed $5,000, imprisonment not exceeding 5 years, and mandatory placement of an ignition interlock device for at least two years.

Silent. Defer to state guidelines.

In addition to state penalties, the City of Tampa may deny a driver’s permit for any person convicted of DUI within one year prior to the date of permit application.

 

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