Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

Purpose: to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and the Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988 and the Federal Register 34 CFR Part 86.

Scope and Applicability: This issuance applies to the entire OIC Training Academy community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors to the campuses.

Standards of Conduct: OIC Training Academy absolutely prohibits any use, consumption, sale, purchase, transfer or possession of any controlled substance by any student/employee while on duty or while on worksite or premises. In addition, students/employees are strictly prohibited from being under the influence of any controlled substance while performing worksite assignments or while attending OIC sponsored training sessions or meetings. Legally prescribed medications are excluded from this prohibition, and permitted only to the extent that the use of such medications does not adversely affect the student’s/employee’s work ability, job performance, or the safety of the student/employee or others.
As a condition of participation in the program, students/employees agree to abide by the terms of the prior paragraph; and to notify OIC of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation in the workplace, no later than 5 days after such conviction. OIC Training Academy is required by law to notify our federal funding source of any convictions.

Disciplinary Sanctions:   A student/employee who violates this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.  Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, a requirement that the student or employee participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.

Federal Trafficking Penalties: include substantial fines and imprisonment up to life.

West Virginia Law: provides penalties dependent upon the classification of the controlled substance, the particular activity involved, and whether multiple convictions are involved. Under WV law, the most severe penalties for drug violations are for possession with intent to sell. On a first offense conviction, one may receive a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment for 15 years. Sanctions for violations of state alcohol laws vary according to the severity of the offense, with the minimum vehicular violation calling for imprisonment in the county jail for 24 hours, and a $500 fine.
School Sanctions: will be imposed consistent with procedures used in disciplinary actions. Sanctions for employees may include oral warning, written reprimand, suspension, termination and referral for prosecution. Disciplinary sanctions for students may include reprimand, probation, suspension, expulsion, and referral for prosecution.

Health Risks: Substance abuse and drug dependency are the leading cause of preventable illness, disability, and death in the U.S. and are estimated to afflict 25.5 million Americans. While alcoholism may develop in anyone, it tends to first appear between the ages of 20 and 40 and is more prevalent in persons with a family history of alcoholism. The number increases dramatically when one considers the harm done to the families of substance abusers as well as those injured or killed by intoxicated drivers or in drug-related work accidents. Alcohol abuse is often characterized by one of three different patterns: (1) regular and daily use, (2) drinking large amounts of alcohol at specific or irregular intervals, or (3) periods of sobriety interspersed by periods of heavy drinking. The disorder is progressive and can be fatal. If you recognize any tendencies toward alcohol abuse, please seek help as outlined below.

Narcotics: (including opium, morphine, codeine, heroin, and others) – physical addiction, loss of awareness, respiratory restriction, and possible death.

Depressants: (including barbiturates, Quaaludes, and others) – slurred speech, disorientation, shallow respiration, coma likely with overdose.
Stimulants: (including cocaine, amphetamines, and others) – increased heart rate and blood pressure, possibly leading to death, increased excitation, loss of appetite.

Hallucinogens: (including LSD, “mushrooms”, PCP, mescaline, and others) – illusions and hallucinations, poor perception of time and distance, psychotic and unpredictable behavior, often leading to injury and arrest. Symptoms may reappear some time after use.

Cannabis: (marijuana, hashish, THC, and others) – Unrealistic euphoria, diminished inhibitions, disoriented behavior, diminished motivation, increased pulse.

Counseling and Assistance: Assistance and information concerning substance abuse and its treatment may be obtained from the Executive Director.