Alcohol and Drug Prevention

SAE Institute Alcohol and Drug Policy

SAE Institute forbids the use, possession, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs or alcohol by students, faculty, or staff anywhere within the school facilities or on campus grounds. Anyone in violation of state, federal, or other local regulations with respect to illegal drugs or alcohol may be subject to both school disciplinary action and criminal prosecution, up to and including school expulsion for students or termination of employment for employees

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Information

Alcohol and illegal drug consumption causes a number of changes in behavior and physiology, posing a significant threat to the health and welfare of our nation's citizens. Even minor usage can impair judgment, coordination, and abstract mental functioning.

Statistics show that the vast majority of violent behaviors (including acquaintance rape, vandalism and assaults) involve alcohol and/or drug use. Additionally, continued use stresses social relationships and may lead to dependency, which often causes permanent damage to vital organs and is counterproductive to a healthy lifestyle.

Health Risks

There are definite health risks associated with the use of alcohol and illegal substances.  Alcohol or any other drug used in excess over time can produce illness, disability, and death.  The health consequences of substance abuse may be immediate and unpredictable, such as cardiac arrest or liver deterioration.   Below is a chart taken from the National Substance Abuse website which shows the stages of how a body responds to the consumption of alcohol, including the finality of death:

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Preventing Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drug abuse costs US taxpayers billions of dollars in preventable health care, law enforcement, crime and other costs, not to mention the emotional costs to the abusers and their families.  But, as the sentence states, it is preventable.  Addiction is a developmental disease, usually starting during adolescence, when the brain is still going through critical developmental phases.  Studies have shown that prevention and early intervention work best.  Early intervention programs such as D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and The Courage to Speak Foundation, which is “saving lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs” are best at preventing future alcohol and drug abuse.

Sanctions for Violation of Local, State, and Federal Laws

The penalties to illegal alcohol and drug use can be severe.  Please see the following links for details of city and state laws regarding illegal drug and alcohol use:

California:  http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/california/legal.php

Florida:  http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/florida/legal.php

Georgia:  http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/georgia/legal.php

Illinois:  http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/illinois/legal.php

New York: http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/new-york/legal.php

Tennessee: http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/tennessee/legal.php

Federal Laws:  http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/act1970.htm

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resources

The results of alcohol and drug abuse can be devastating, but students and employees can find help.  Please see the links below, which provide resources to assist those that have alcohol and drug abuse problems:

Alcoholics Anonymous -  a national organization that helps those that are struggling with alcohol abuse

In addition to Alcoholics Anonymous, there are also resources available within each state that has an SAE Institute.  Please see the links below for specific resources by state and by city: 

California:  http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/california/facilities.php

Florida:  http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/florida/facilities.php

Georgia:  http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/georgia/facilities.php

Illinois:  http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/illinois/facilities.php

New York:  http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/new-york/facilities.php

Tennessee:  http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/tennessee/facilities.php