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The use, possession or distribution of narcotics or other controlled substances is prohibited, except as expressly permitted by law on University premises, and is considered contrary to the Student Code of Conduct. Paraphernalia associated with the use of illegal substances is not permitted on University property or at University sponsored events. Hookah pipes and/or other legal smoking devices are prohibited in the residence halls. Athletes should be aware as well that a positive drug test constitutes a violation of the University drug policy. Individuals charged with use, possession or distribution of narcotics or other controlled substances can be disciplined under the University Student Conduct process and may be prosecuted under Pennsylvania criminal statutes. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the University can pursue disciplinary action, which may result in dismissal from the residence halls or from the University.
Note: If a student seeks help for a drug related concern, they will receive confidential care without facing judicial concern.
How to Help a Friend with a Drug Problem
- Notice behavior that is concerning.
- Is your friend acting erratic, having major changes in sleeping or eating patterns, or becoming socially withdrawn? (note, there are more symptoms than those listed).
- Calmly and non-judgmentally approach your friend, letting them know that you are concerned about them. State specific behaviors you've noticed that make you so concerned.
- Ask your friend if they have a drug problem?
- If they say yes, ask if they would like to get help?
- If they say no, ask them if there is anything else going on to explain the differences that you have noticed. If you believe your friend is in denial or lying to you, you may want to talk to their family. Be prepared that this will change your friendship and maybe even ruin it, but this drastic step could be what your friend needs.
- Help your friend get to the root cause of their drug use. For instance, do they use when they are lonely? If so, get them plugged into something on campus to invest in and meet people who do not use drugs.
- Continue to encourage your friend and be there for support.
- Help your friend connect to campus and community resources to give them greater support.
Greenbriar Treatment Center
National Institute of Drug Abuse
24 hour Addiction HELPINE
National Drug Abuse Helpline