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Substance Abuse

In accordance with provisions of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-570) and its amendments of 1989, Tacoma Community College provides substance abuse education, resources, information, and referrals focusing on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

Information on substance abuse prevention is available in the Counseling Center, Bldg. 7. This information covers the many health risks associated with the use and abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol, which include liver damage, heart disease, ulcers, brain damage, malnutrition, cancer, and damage to a developing fetus. These risks may adversely affect one’s learning environment, work and personal life.

Student use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages, narcotic drugs, or controlled substances or being under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs on campus or at any college-sponsored event is prohibited. (Exceptions for use of alcoholic beverages may be made with permits and by approval of the college president.) Violations of this policy by any student may result in disciplinary warning, probation, suspension or expulsion. In addition, state and federal laws make possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol a crime subject to imprisonment, fine or both.