Alcohol and Other Drug Use Information

In compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, it is the policy of Gettysburg College to provide an environment that is free from the use, sale, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs or the improper or abusive use of legal drugs or alcohol on Gettysburg College premises.

Students concerned about their substance use and/or mental health may access a confidential, anonymous self-survey through a link from the Gettysburg College Counseling Services website,  Mental Health Self-Assessment or by going directly to  http://www.ulifeline.org/self_evaluator

 

Following are descriptions of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol:

Drug Physical Dependence Withdrawal Symptoms Tolerance Short and Long Term Effects Effects of Overdose
Narcotics

Heroin
Codeine
Vicodin
Percocet
Opium
Demerol

High
Moderate
High
High
High-Low
• Watery eyes
• Runny Nose
• Yawning
• Loss of Appetite
• Gooseflesh
• Irritability
• Tremors
• Panic
• Cramps
• Diarrhea
• Nausea
• Chills & Sweating
Yes • Euphoria
• Drowsiness
• Respiratory depression
• Constricted pupils
• Nausea
• Constipation
• Pulmonary Edema
• Slow & shallow breathing
• Clammy Skin
• Pinpoint Pupils
• Convulsions
• Respiratory Failure
• Coma
• Possible death
Depressents
Alcohol
GHB
Phenobarbital
Ativan
Xanax
Valium
Rohypnol

High
Moderate
High-Med
Low
Low
Low
Low

• Anxiety
• Insomnia
• Tremors
• Delirium
• Convulsions
• Possible death
Yes • Slurred speech
• Disorientation
• Drunken behavior
• Slowed reflexes
• Impaired memory, judgment and coordination
• Shallow respiration
• Clammy skin
• Dilated pupils
• Weak/rapid pulse
• Coma
• Possible death
Stimulants
Cocaine
Ritalin
Nicotine
Possible
Possible
High
• Apathy
• Long periods of sleep
• Irritability
• Depression
• Disorientation
Yes • Increased alertness
• Excitation
• Euphoria
• Increased pulse, rate & blood pressure
• Insomnia
• Loss of appetite
• Psychosis
• Heart attack or stroke
• Agitation
• Increased body temp
• Hallucinations
• Convulsions
• Possible death
Marijuana Unknown • Reports of insomnia
• Hyperactivity
• Decreased appetite
• Irritability
• Euphoria
• Relaxed inhibitions
• Increased appetite
• Disorientation
• Fatigue
• Paranoia
• Possible psychosis
• Disorientation
Hallucinogens
Acid
Mescal
Peyote
PCP
Ecstasy
'shrooms
None
None
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
None
Unknown

Yes




Possible

• Illusions and hallucinations
• Altered perceptions of time/distance
• Longer, more intense “trip” episodes
• Psychosis
• Possible death
Inhalants
Gasoline
Spray paint
Paint thinners
Nitrites
Nitrous oxide
Low
Low
Low
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
• Poor motor coordination
• Impaired vision & memory
• Lightheadedness
• Sudden death
• Brain, liver and kidney damage
• Glaucoma
         
Synthetic Marijuana
Spice
K2
Moon Rocks
Unknown Unknown Unknown

• Rapid heart rate
• Vomiting
• Agitation
• Confusion
• Hallucinations

Unknown
Synthetic stimulant-like drug compounds
Bath Salts High Unknown Unknown

• Chest pains
• Increased blood pressure
• Increased heart rate
• Agitation
• Hallucinations
• Extreme paranoia
• Delusions

Unknown

Sources:  National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

 

 

Following is description of applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law:

Pennsylvania Law/Borough Ordinances:

Underage drinking 18 Pa. C.S.A. 6308

This includes consumption, or transportation of alcoholic beverages. Penalties include fines from $300 to $500, 90 days to one year in prison, and 90 days to two year driver's license suspension. Parents will be notified for those under 18.
Requesting or inducing a minor to obtain alcohol 18 Pa. C.S.A. 6310

Penalties include fines of not less than $300 up to $2,500 and/or up to one year in prison.

Knowingly making, altering, selling, or attempting to sell a false ID:

18 Pa. C.S.A. 6310.2

Penalties include fines of not less than $1,000 and up to $5,000 and/or up to two years in prison.

Furnishing alcohol to minors (including allowing minors to possess alcohol on premises owned or controlled by person charged) 18 Pa. C.S.A. 6310.1

Penalties include fines of not less than $1,000 up to $2,500 (can be per person served) and/or up to one year in prison.
Alcoholic Beverages ("Open Containers")

It is unlawful, within the Borough of Gettysburg, for any person to drink "liquor" or "malt or brewed beverages" upon any public street, municipal parking lot, private parking lot open for public use, or public park, or in any vehicle operated or parked thereon.
It is unlawful, within the Borough of Gettysburg, for any person to have in such person's possession, or in a vehicle under such a person's control, any open container containing "Liquor" or "malt or brewed beverages" upon any public street, municipal parking lot, private parking lot open for public use, or public park.

Noise Violations (Disorderly Conduct)

It shall be unlawful for any person to make unreasonable noise as to disturb, annoy or inconvenience any other person. Any noise includes, but is not limited to, noises caused by loud music, loud talking, yelling, barking dogs (etc.). The Gettysburg Borough Police Department has the right to issue citations on a single complaint from the public. A warning is not necessary if the Police Officer feels the citation is warranted.

 

 

Following is a description of applicable counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs:

Local off-campus drug and alcohol assessment, treatment, and referral resources:

a. True North Wellness Services, 44 S. Franklin St., Gettysburg 717-334-9111

b. Pennsylvania Counseling Services, 334 York Street, Gettysburg PA 17325, 717-337-0026.

c. Wellspan Behavioral Health, 40 V-Twin Drive Suite 202, Gettysburg PA 17325, 717-337-2257.

There are also a number of drug/alcohol related self-help groups, which meet regularly in the area. For a listing, contact Counseling Services, 337-6960.