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Drug-Free Work Week: October 16-22
October 17, 2006, Volume 53, No. 8

This week—October 16-22, 2006—is the nation’s first-ever Drug-Free Work Week, as established by the U.S. Department of Labor. Drug and alcohol abuse can have a significant negative impact on the person with the substance abuse problem, as well as his/her family, friends, and co-workers. The University of Pennsylvania values the health and safety of all our faculty and staff, and is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace.

The University of Pennsylvania prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, possession or use of any drug by its employees in its workplace. Please take this time to review the University’s drug and alcohol policies, which are listed below: 

• The University’s Drug-Free Workplace policy: www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/705.asp

• The University’s Alcohol and Drug Policy: www.vpul.upenn.edu/alcohol/policy.html

If you or a family member has a substance abuse problem, we encourage you to seek help.  Penn provides free, confidential counseling services for you and your immediate family members through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  The EAP is designed to provide assistance with issues and challenges that may interfere with your personal or professional life, including serious issues such as substance abuse.  You can contact Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Penn Behavioral Health, at 1-888-321-4433, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  For more information, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/eap.asp, or go to the EAP website at www.pennbehavioralhealth.org (more specific information about addictions is available at www.pennbehavioralhealth.org/employeeServ/resources/index_bhr.html).

—Division of Human Resources


Almanac - October 17, 2006, Volume 53, No. 8