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Drug-Free Work Week: October 14 – 20
October 9, 2007, Volume 54, No. 7

This year’s national Drug-Free Work Week will be held October 14-20, 2007.  The University of Pennsylvania values the health and safety of the entire Penn community, and is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace year-round.  We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of Penn’s policies and resources regarding this serious issue.

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.  Penn 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 (specific information about addictions is available at www.pennbehavioralhealth.org/employeeServ/resources/index_bhr.html).

—Division of Human Resources

Almanac - October 9, 2007, Volume 54, No. 7