Annual Alcohol and Other Drug Notification

Alcoholic Beverages Policy

The possession, sale, or furnishing of alcohol on Northark’s campus is governed by Arkansas law, which is strictly enforced by the Harrison Police Department. Violators are subject to college disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine, and imprisonment.

Illegal Drug Policy

The possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws, which are strictly enforced by the Harrison Police Department. Violators are subject to college disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine, and imprisonment.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information

Conduct

In compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, and with belief that substance abuse is detrimental to the functioning of the individual, his/her family, and the local community, North Arkansas College prohibits the possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on its property or at any Northark sponsored event.

Sanctions

North Arkansas College: The above prohibition applies equally to students, employees, and visitors to the college. As required by law, Northark will evaluate and impose disciplinary sanctions on a case-by-case basis. Such reviews will consider the severity of the individual’s action(s), academic/employment record and previous offences, if any. Northark reserves the right to place students/employees on probation for a period of time determined appropriate by the institution. Subsequent offences could result in suspension from school/employment or termination of school attendance or employment.

Initial sanctions are not restricted to probation and Northark reserves the right to suspend individuals on the first offense if the circumstances indicate such a sanction is appropriate. Northark also reserves the right to require an individual to complete a rehabilitation program before reinstating that individual in school or for employment.

Local, State and Federal: Students and employees understand that sanctions are not restricted to those imposed by North Arkansas College. Individuals are subject to the penalties imposed by local, state, and federal law. The penalties for possession of and/or trafficking in illicit drugs vary, depending upon the substance(s) involved and quantity, and previous offences, if any. Fines can range from the thousands of dollars into the millions, while imprisonment can be for as long as life.

Applicable Arkansas Laws

  1. No person under the age of 21 may legally consume or possess alcohol in Arkansas.
  2. It is illegal to be so intoxicated in a public place that an individual is likely to endanger him/herself or others or be unreasonably annoying to others. This is a class C misdemeanor, (with a class A as the most serious), and may result in fines and incarceration.
  3. Driving a motor vehicle with .08% or more blood alcohol content is a class A misdemeanor that, in addition to incarceration and heavy fines, will result in a suspension of driving privileges from 120-180 days for the first offense. Driving with a license suspended for DWI may result in incarceration for ten days and a $1,000 fine. Refusing the chemical test for blood alcohol content may result in a 180-day suspension of driving privileges for the first offense. In the event of an accident involving a fatality, a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher may result in a charge of manslaughter, even though the driver did not intend to harm anyone.
  4. A person under the age of 21 operating a motor vehicle with .02% but less than .08% blood alcohol content commits the offense of Underage Driving Under the Influence. The penalties include suspension of driving privileges for up to 120 days for the first offense, fines up to $500, public service work at the discretion of the court, and mandatory attendance at an alcohol and driving education program.
  5. Arkansas statutes 5-27-501 through 503 are aimed at preventing persons under 21 from using altered identification to purchase alcohol. Manufacturing, altering, or distributing altered personal identification for this purpose is a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison. Possessing altered identification is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and revocation of driving privileges for up to 12 months or age 18, whichever is shortest.
  6. Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana or possessing it in a form to facilitate distribution is a felony offense. Possession of any usable amount of any other illegal narcotic is a felony. The penalties range from probation to life in prison.

Health Risks of Drug and Alcohol Use

Illicit drugs as well as alcohol and other drugs have various effects on the body and mind. The initial, short-term effects may be positive feelings like alertness, optimism, self-confidence, energy, or stress relief. However, the secondary, long-term, negative effects far exceed the initial positive effects.

The use of alcohol impairs reasoning and clouds judgment. Long term drinking can lead to alcoholism and liver and heart disease. A person who begins drinking early in life is more likely to become a heavy drinker during adolescence and to experience alcohol abuse or dependence in adulthood.

Effects of drug and alcohol use on the body:

  • mood swings/impaired judgment
  • depression/mania
  • sleep disturbances and irritability
  • increase in aggressive or combative behavior
  • heart and/or breathing difficulties/death
  • increased susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections
  • liver damage

Signs that indicate a person is becoming dependent on a substance:

  • Increased tolerance. It takes more and more to get the desired effect. This increases the risk of overdose.
  • Changes in relationships with friends and family.
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, shakiness, headaches, convulsions, or hallucinations.
  • Psychological dependence – thinking that using a substance will help him or her get through the day.

Visit NIDA at www.drugabuse.gov for more information on the effect of substances and Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment.

Assistance

Initial assistance for substance abuse is available through the Advising office. Should long-term counseling or rehabilitation be necessary, the individual will be referred to the various agencies and programs available in the area. Some of the local agencies/services are listed below.

Alcoholics Anonymous
902 N. Maple
Harrison, AR 72601
800-808-8680

Charter Behavior Health Clinic of Harrison
707 N. Main St.
Harrison, AR 72601
870-741-2658

Decision Point Prevention Resource
120 E. Rush
Harrison, AR 72601
870-741-9131

Chrissie Larchez, CADC, MHPP
600 E Stephenson Ave, Harrison, AR  72601
870-688-8352

Ozark Counseling Services, Inc
715 W Sherman, Suite A, Harrison, AR  72601
(870) 741-8216
Hotline (870) 741-7755

Substance Abuse Treatment Locator
https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov
800-662-4357(HELP)