Drug and alcohol abuse continues to be a significant problem affecting college campuses nationally. College-aged students make up one of the largest groups of drug abusers nationwide, and young people (18-24) are already at a higher risk for addiction.
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If you or a friend is suffering from a drug or alcohol dependency problem, help is available. Members of campus should always request assistance for any medical concerns (including alcohol poisoning or other overdoses). Medical amnesty exists to protect students from fear of University conduct and decorum sanctions in an effort to best protect all members of campus. For more information on medical amnesty requirements, refer to the Office of Student Life “Student Guide to Campus Life.”
Nearly all college students experience the negative affects associated with college drinking – whether they drink or not.
Alcohol consumption and over-consumption is extremely widespread among college students.
Information provided from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a branch of the National Institutes of Health.
Prescription drug abuse is becoming a more common concern due to the ease of which many medications can be found. More than 52 million people in the US over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically in their life-time.
6.1 million people used prescription drugs non-medically in the past month.
Many prescription drugs may become habit-forming, and lead to serious repercussions. The three primarily abused prescription drug categories include:
Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse:
|Opioid Painkillers||Sedatives and anti-anxiety medications||Stimulants|
|Feeling high (euphoria)||Slurred speech||Insomnia|
|Drowsiness||Poor Concentration||High blood pressure|
|Poor coordination||Problems with memory||Anxiety|
|Slowed breathing rate||Unsteady walking||High body temperature|
|Increased pain with higher does||Slowed breathing||Paranoia|
High Point University embraces students helping one another and recognizes that the potential for disciplinary repercussions may present a barrier for reaching out for medical assistance of another student in alcohol or other drug related emergencies. As indicated in High Point University’s alcohol policy, the institution does not condone under-age drinking but recognizes it is occurring and this policy has been put into place for the well-being and safety of all of our students. Students with or observing a student requiring medical attention are expected to seek out that assistance. For assistance in these matters please contact security at 336-841-9112. Students receiving more than one medical amnesty in a calendar year may be referred to the Office of Student Life for further review.
To qualify for medical amnesty:
Three categories qualify for medical amnesty at High Point University:
Students should note that the Medical Amnesty policy only provides amnesty from violations of the High Point University Code of Conduct. If any criminal, civil, or legal consequences regarding local, state or federal law develop from this incident this does not grant amnesty to those.