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Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Know the Risks

  • Alcohol is the most frequently used and misused substance in the U.S. 
  • Each year an estimated 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.
  • Each year an estimated 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.
  • Each year an estimated 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
  • Each year an estimated 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.


Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal substance in the U.S.  There are real risks for people who use it as today's marijuana is stronger than ever before.  People can and do become addicted to it.
Marijuana can cause permanent IQ loss of as much as 8 points when people start using it at an early age.
Marijuana can increase symptoms of depression and anxiety, increase suicide planning and psychotic episodes.
Marijuana can negatively impact motivation and concentration. Research shows that college students who regularly use marijuana have worse educational outcomes, lower career achievement, and reduced life satisfaction.  

Local Support Groups 

Support can be very powerful and a beneficial force when trying to change one's misuse or addiction to alcohol or drugs. Weekly community groups in the Tri-Cities area are available on different days and times throughout the week. Sometimes it takes visiting two or three different groups before one can find the right fit.  Check out these groups for locations, day and times that will meet meet your schedule.  

Recovery Groups: AA, Celebrate Recovery, and NA 

Family Groups: Al-Non, and Nar-Anon



Call the Tennessee REDLINE It is a free resource providing accurate, up-to-date alcohol, drug, problem gambling, and other addiction information and referrals to all citizens of Tennessee.  Resources will be given for the Tri-Cities area.   It is coordinated by the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services (TAADAS) and funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services. 


Tennessee REDLINE



Learn about ADDICTION

What You Didn’t Know About Addiction - The Recovery Village

Your Brain on Drugs: Alcohol - AsapSCIENCE


For the latest information on the region's efforts to provide substance abuse prevention and treatment, please visit the following links:

If you have a loved one who is at risk of overdosing on an opioid medication, please contact Brianne Dunning at or 423.742.5819 to receive information on naloxone HCI training, an Opioid Overdose Prevention Kit, and referrals for support services. For more information on naloxone HCI, visit

Officers with the Northeast State Police Department, in accordance with TCA § 63-1-152, have been trained to possess and administer naloxone HCI to treat and reduce injuries and fatalities due to opioid-involved overdoses that may occur on a campus site. Emergency notifications can be made directly to Campus Police at 423.677.7927 (emergency cell) or by calling 9-1-1.

Northeast State Community College employees and students are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use, or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol on the College campus, at off-campus facilities owned or controlled by the College, or as a part of College-sponsored activities. All categories of employees and students are subject to this policy and to applicable federal, state, and local laws related to this matter. (NeSCC Policy 05:04:02


For support and referral information contact:
Counseling Services
C2101, General Studies Building 

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Northeast State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. For questions or concerns, please contact the Affirmative Action Officer.