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Drug-Free Work Week: October 20-26
October 14, 2008, Volume 55, No. 8

Every October, the US Department of Labor designates a national Drug-Free Work Week to highlight the impact of substance abuse on workplace safety, and to encourage individuals with drug or alcohol addictions to seek treatment. 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. To coincide with this year’s national Drug-Free Work Week of October 20-26, 2008, we’d like to take the opportunity to remind you of Penn’s policies and resources regarding this serious issue.

Drug and alcohol abuse can harm not only the person with the substance abuse problem, but also his or her family, friends and coworkers. Penn prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, possession or use of any drug by its employees in its workplace.

Please take the time to review the University’s drug and alcohol policies, which you can find online:

• The University’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy— www.hr.upenn.edu/Policy/Policies/705.aspx

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

If you, or a family member, have 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. Information about the EAP is available online from Human Resources and from Penn Behavioral Health, Penn’s EAP services provider:

• Human Resources website EAP homepage— www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/Wellness/EAP.aspx

• Penn Behavioral Health website EAP homepage—www.pennbehavioralhealth.org/services-eap.htm

• Penn Behavioral Health addiction resources— www.pennbehavioralhealth.org/resources-addictions.htm

You can also contact Penn Behavioral Health 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-321-4433.

—Division of Human Resources




Almanac - October 14, 2008, Volume 55, No. 8