Isothermal Community College

Student Services

Drugs and alcohol



As currently defined in Chapter 18B of the General Statutes of North Carolina, "alcoholic beverage" means any beverage containing at least one-half of one percent (0.5%) alcohol by volume, including malt beverages, unfortified wine, spirituous liquor, and mixed beverages.


Health risks, associated with abuse of alcohol, are wide ranging and varied depending on the specific substance involved and individual abuse pattern. These risks include but are not limited to psychologically and physically addictive; respiratory depression; depression of the immune system; increased risk of heart disease, cancer, accidents, hypertension; brain damage; damage to unborn fetus; impotence at high dosage levels; liver disease.


Health risks, associated with illegal drug use are wide ranging and varied depending on the specific substance and abuse pattern.

Drugs are psychologically are physically addictive and can impact the physiological health of the user and many detrimental ways.

A list of the health risks associated with different types of drugs are available in the Student Handbook and online.


Malt beverages, Unfortified wine, Fortified wine, Spirituous liquor, or Mixed Beverages to anyone under twenty-one (21) years old: Maximum Penalty: Imprisonment for a term not exceeding 120 days or a fine, or both, in the discretion of the court (misdemeanor); however, to possess, consume, attempt to purchase, or purchase by 19 or 20 year old is a Class 3 misdemeanor.


  1. By any person who is under (21) years of age to purchase and who aids or abets anyone to attempt to purchase, or to possess, sell or give shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than sixty days and/or a fine up to one thousand dollars ($1,000).
  2. By any person over (21) years of age to purchase and who aids or abets another to attempt to purchase, or possess, sell or give shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 120 days and/or a fine determined by the court.

Additionally, some violations may result in possible driver's license revocation.

Counseling, Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Re-entry Programs

The Learning Support and Retention Office maintains a list of public and private treatment agencies, many of which are listed below. This list is subject to change. Students may contact College counselors for more information on these services.

Local Help Agencies:

Blue Ridge Counseling Services
(828) 286-0501

Lifeline Counseling Center
(828) 289-0574

*Life Span Psychological Services
(828) 894-2300

*New Hope Counseling Center
(828) 894-2238

Parkway Behavioral Health
(828) 245-5008

Polk County Community Mental Health & Wellness Center
(828) 864-2222

RHA Health Services, Inc.
(828) 287-9913

Universal Mental Health Services
(828) 245-8886

Western Highlands, LME

Woodridge Psychological Associates
(828) 287-7806

*Located in Polk County


Alcoholic Anonymous
(704) 865-1561

Alcohol/Drug Council of NC

Crisis Line 

National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service 

Types of Drugs

Types of Drugs
Types of Drugs Health Risk
Schedule I

Heroin, LSD, Peyote, Mescaline, Psilocybin (Shrooms), Other Hallucinogens, Methaqualone (Quaaludes), Phencyclidine (PCP) and MDA, Fentanyl, Ecstasy, GH

Psychologically and physically addictive, depression, withdrawal symptoms, convulsions, death, unpredictable behavior with hallucinogens; possible damage to unborn fetus

Schedule II

Morphine, Demerol, Codeine, Percodan, Percocet, Fentanyl, Dilaudid, Secondal, Nembutal, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone Oxycodone, Doriden, and any other opium and opium extracts and narcotics

Psychologically and physically addictive, withdrawal symptoms, convulsions, respiratory failure, frequent accidents, possible damage to unborn fetus; death; cocaine and amphetamines increase blood pressure which can lead to irregular heartbeat and death; amphetamines can cause agitation, increase in body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions, possible death

Schedule III

Certain barbiturates such as amobarbitol and codeine containing medicine such as Fiorinal #3, Tylenol #3, Empirin #3, and codeinebased cough suppressants such as Tussionex; Hydrocodone, and all anabolic steroids

Psychologically and physically addictive, potential liver damage, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, disorientation, shallow breathing, cold and clammy skin, coma, possible death; withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, tremors, insomnia, convulsions, possible damage to unborn fetus

Schedule IV

Barbiturates, narcotics, and stimulants including Valium, Talwin, Librium, Equanil, Placidyl, Tranzene, Serax, Ionamin (yellow jackets), Xanax

Psychologically and physically addictive; drowsiness, withdrawal symptoms, tremors, abdominal and muscle cramps, insomnia, anxiety, convulsions, possible death; possible damage to unborn fetus

Schedule V

Compounds that contain very limited amounts of codeine, opium, andatropine, Robitussin AC

Psychologically and physically addictive; nausea, gastrointestinal symptoms, drowsiness, withdrawal symptoms including runny nose, watery eyes, panic, chills, cramps, irritability, possible damage to unborn fetus

Schedule VI

Marijuana, THC, Hashish, Hash Oil, Tetrahydrocannabinol

Psychologically addictive; increased risk of lung cancer, bronchitis, and emphysema; contributes to heart disease, fatigue, paranoia, possible psychosis; withdrawal symptoms including insomnia, hyperactivity and decreased appetite; depression of the immune system; decreased sperm count in men and irregular ovulation in wome