FlU Student Handbook 2017-2018 - page 119

Policies & Regulations
campuses including date rape, vandalism, fights and
driving under the influence.
Alcohol abuse results in:
• Impaired judgment and coordination
• Aggressive behavior
• Impairment in learning and memory
• Respiratory depression, coma, and death when
combined with other depressants
Persistent abuse of alcohol can lead to physical
dependence, such that sudden cessation of intake usually
results in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, including
severe anxiety, hallucinations, tremors, and seizures.
Prolonged alcohol abuse is frequently associated with
poor nutrition, brain and liver damage.
Women who drink during pregnancy may give birth
to infants with irreversible physical abnormalities and
the mental retardation condition termed Fetal Alcohol
Research shows that children of alcoholic parents are
more likely to abuse alcohol themselves.
Heroin, Morphine, Codeine, Demerol, Percodan
1. Narcotics initially produce a feeling of euphoria
followed by drowsiness, nausea, and vomiting.
2. Users may experience constricted pupils, watery eyes,
and itching.
3. An overdose may produce slow and shallow
breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and
4. Tolerance to narcotics develops rapidly and
dependence is likely.
5. Intravenous injection may cause HIV/AIDS, hepatitis,
and cardiac disease.
6. Addiction in pregnant women can lead to premature,
stillborn, or addicted infants who may exhibit
withdrawal symptoms.
1. Many psychoactive substances are inhaled as gases
of volatile liquids. Some commercial products such
as paint thinners and cleaning fluids are mixtures of
volatile substances, inhalation of which result in a
great variety of symptoms.
2. Immediate effects of inhalants include nausea,
sneezing, coughing, nosebleed, fatigue, lack of
coordination, and loss of appetite. They may also
obstruct airways causing death.
3. Solvents and aerosol sprays may decrease heart and
respiratory rates and impair judgment.
4. Amyl and butyl nitrate cause rapid pulse, headaches,
and urinary and fecal incontinence.
5. Long-term use may result in hepatitis, brain damage,
weight loss, fatigue, electrolyte imbalance, and
muscle weakness.
6. Repeated use of inhalants may permanently damage
the nervous system.
The effects associated with marijuana use include
• An increase in heart rate and blood pressure, blood-
shot eyes, dry mouth, and hunger.
• Impairment of short-term memory and concentration,
altered sense of time, and decreased coordination and
• Psychological dependence.
• Lung cancer, and chronic lung disease after long-term
“CLUB DRUGS” (GHB, Rohypnol & Ecstasy)
1. GHB is an illegal depressant, available as a liquid
or powder that is used to cause relaxation and
anesthesia. Some of the adverse effects of GHB are
listed below:
• Used to facilitate rape (it is odorless and tasteless,
therefore it can be slipped into someone’s drink
without detection) because it causes impairments in
judgment, sleepiness and amnesia.
• Liver failure
• Seizures which can result in coma and even death
• Respiratory failure and/or arrest
• Severe nausea and vomiting
2. Rohypnol, also known as “Roofies”, is a strong
depressant drug, commonly known as a “Date Rape”
• When ingested in conjunction with alcohol or other
drugs, effects begin within 3 minutes and peak
within 2 hours. These effects may persist for up to 8
hours or more, depending upon the dosage.
• Adverse effects associated with the use of Rohypnol
include decreased blood pressure, memory
impairment, drowsiness, visual disturbances,
dizziness, confusion, gastrointestinal disturbances,
and urinary retention.
• In South Florida, the street names for rohypnol
include, “circles”, “Mexican alium”, “rib”, “roach-2”,
“roofies”, “roopies”, “rope”, “ropies”, and “ruffies”.
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