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Drug and Alcohol-free Campus and Workplace

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) encourages and maintains a safe, healthy, alcohol and drug-free work environment. Therefore, in collaboration with the local, state and federal laws the University prohibits unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students or employees on campus property or as part of any University affiliated activity. Specifically, the seriousness of this matter is reiterated in the Code of Conduct, HR Policy/Procedure 0720 and the student Centerscope.

Did you know?

Drug and alcohol abuse can cause seriously fatal health problems such as cancer, brain damage/seizures, nerve damage, heart disease and more. The follow are some common health problems associated with drug and alcohol abuse:

The use of alcohol can lead to…

Alcoholism, damage to brain cells, increased risk of cirrhosis, ulcers, heart disease, heart attack, and cancers of liver, mouth, throat, and stomach, hallucinations, personality disorders, loss of muscle control, poor coordination, slurred speech, fatigue, nausea, headache, increased likelihood of accidents, impaired judgment, possible respiratory paralysis and death, birth defects/fetal impairment.

The use of illegal drugs can lead to…

Increased susceptibility to disease due to a less efficient immune system, increased likelihood of accidents, personality disorder, addiction, death by overdose, anemia, poor concentration, fetal impairment/addiction.

Need Help?

The Health Science Center is focused on helping individuals concur obstacles that prevent them from achieving strategic goals and/or developing as a healthy individual. Therefore if you or someone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol abuse, the University offers the following resources to students, faculty and staff.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - 1-855-437-3486

Student Assistance Program (SAP) - 1-800-327-2255

University Health Services (UHS) - 901-448-7255

Reasonable Suspicion

Reasonably suspicious signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse may include but are but not limited to the following: odor of alcohol, odor of marijuana, slurred speech, flushed, swollen face, red eyes, pupils dilated or constricted, unusual eye movement, lack of coordination, tremors or sweats, weariness, exhaustion and sleepiness.

To report a person you may reasonably suspect under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs contact the UTHSC Campus Police at 901-448-4444.

In addition, please view our UTHSC Drug Free Brochure and/or contact Marian Harris, Employee Relations Counselor at 901-448-5524.

Last Published: Aug 14, 2018