Office of Student Affairs
P.O. Box 5
Hampden Sydney, VA 23943
Hampden-Sydney first held classes on November 10, 1775.
Signs of Substance Abuse
Being your brother's keeper is important at HSC. Be on the lookout for these signs of substance abuse.
Changes in friends
- Negative changes in schoolwork, missing school, or declining grades
- Increased secrecy about possessions or activities
- Use of incense, room deodorant, or perfume to hide smoke or chemical odors
- Subtle changes in conversations with friends, e.g. more secretive, using "coded" language
- Change in clothing choices: new fascination with clothes that highlight drug use
- Increase in borrowing money
- Evidence of drug paraphernalia such as pipes, rolling papers, etc.
- Evidence of use of inhalant products (such as hairspray, nail polish, correction fluid, common household products); Rags and paper bags are sometimes used as accessories
- Bottles of eye drops, which may be used to mask bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
- New use of mouthwash or breath mints to cover up the smell of alcohol
- Missing prescription drugs-especially narcotics and mood stabilizers
Physical signs: repeated health problems, lingering cough, fatigue, frequent headaches, red and glazed eyes
Social indications: changes in friends and preferred activities, changes in style of dress, less attention to personal appearance, run-ins with the law
Academic problems: dropping grades, discipline problems, decreased interest in school activities and extracurricular activities, increased tardiness, negative attitude