Drug-Free College

Central Piedmont is committed to maintaining a safe and productive teaching and learning environment. Central Piedmont endorses the federal government's efforts in implementing the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.

This page is intended to provide information to the college community about the college’s Drug-Free College policies, standards of conduct for students and staff, the health risks of drug and alcohol abuse, programs available at Central Piedmont for students and staff, and legal sanctions related to drug and alcohol abuse. This page is not intended as a substitute for counseling and treatment, but it can be a helpful starting point. Those who are interested in speaking with a professional about their questions and concerns are encouraged to click on the applicable resource on this page for more information and to contact counseling services.

For information and resources related to the college’s drug-free and tobacco-free policies, please visit the following:

Effects of Drugs

The consumption of drugs and alcohol can have significant negative effects on health. Repeated use of alcohol and drugs can lead to addiction, and cause serious damage to the nervous and circulatory systems, mental disorders, and other health problems.

Legal Sanctions for Drugs

Under federal and North Carolina state laws, illegal drug and alcohol activities carry criminal penalties. Note that both Federal and North Carolina law continue to prohibit the possession, sale, and delivery of marijuana and associated paraphernalia.

Getting Help for Drug Use

  • Alcohol and Drugs Self Assessments

    Are alcohol and drugs affecting you? Take a self-assessment.

  • Students

    The Personal Counseling Assistance Program (PCAP) is a free and confidential service provided to Central Piedmont students who are facing challenging times. The student and the Counselor work together to discover solutions for problems and create strategies for successfully meeting goals. Central Piedmont provides individual counseling to students with concerns about their use and abuse of substances. You may call your nearest campus to make an appointment with a counselor. Central Piedmont also has a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) designed to help recovering students maintain their recovery and be successful in school.

    Multimedia Resources:

    • Youth and College Drinking: Breaking the Patterns: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration describes this video: Examines youth and college student abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs, and prescription drugs and the effects of substance abuse on student life and achievements. Discuss contributing factors and the prevention role that parents and schools can play. Select “Download Digital Version.”
    • "Young People Recover Part 1"(video): Talk Therapy TV in partnership with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers this video as a part of the Road to Recovery series. In this video, a panel of experts discuss treating addictions among our nation's youth.
  • Central Piedmont Employees

    The Central Piedmont Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides professional counseling and referral to Central Piedmont employees and their family members. For issues of drug and alcohol abuse, short-term counseling is available through this program. If necessary, referrals can be made to private counselors or community agencies. Treatment may also be available to employees and their family members through their health coverage. All services of the Employee Assistance Program are confidential. Call your EAP any time, day or night, to talk to an experienced counselor at 800.633.3353. You can also access other tools on the McLaughlin Young Associates website.

  • Veterans

  • Families

  • Support Groups