Campus Assistance Program

Drug-Free Workplace and Campus

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness

Revised: September 1, 2017


As a recipient of federal funds, LSUHSC-NO must certify under the Drug-Free School and Communities Act of 1989 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 that it will take certain steps to provide a Drug-Free Workplace (DFWP). Failure to comply can result in the loss of all federal funding.

Objectives of Training

At the end of the training, you will understand:

What is a Drug-Free Workplace?

A site for the performance of work at which LSU employees and students are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or alcohol. The workplaces includes:

The main focus of LSU’s DFWP policy is SAFETY.

All faculty, staff, residents, students and contractual employees of LSUHSC-NO whether paid, unpaid, or gratis are required to follow this policy.

LSU’s Drug-Free Workplace Exists To:

LSU Has Responsibilities

Under federal and state laws and regulations, LSU has the following responsibilities:

Everyone Must Comply with All University Policies and Procedures

Initial employment/enrollment and continued employment/enrollment is contingent upon a willingness to comply with the following substance abuse policies:

Employee and Student Responsibilities

Benefits of a Drug-Free Workplace

Alcohol and Drug Abuse

LSUHSC-NO recognizes alcohol and drug abuse and dependency is a national social and health problem with devastating consequences, and is concerned about the adverse effects of substance abuse on employee job performance, student academic performance, health, safety, and campus security.

Substance Abuse Impacts the Workplace

Department of Labor reports more than 70% of illegal drug users are employed. That means an estimated 9.4 million workers are illegal drug users.

According to results of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) sponsored survey, drug using employees are 2.2 times more likely to request early dismissal or time off, 2.5 times more likely to have absences of eight days or more, 3 times more likely to be late for work, 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a workplace accident, and 5 times more likely to file a Workers’ Compensation claim.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), the annual cost of alcoholism and drug addiction to U.S. businesses is approximately $120 billion, which is more than the productivity loss due to heart disease, diabetes and stroke combined.

Drug users also had far higher job turnover rates with 12.3 percent reporting they had worked for three or more employers in the past year, compared with 5.1 percent of non-abusing workers.

Substance Abuse Has Medical Consequences

Substance Abuse

Know the Signs & Symptoms

Emotional Symptoms

Behavioral Symptoms

Physical Symptoms

What Should Be Reported

Who Should You Report To?

All faculty, staff, residents, students, or other LSUHSC-NO workers who observe an individual who is believed to be impaired or is displaying behavior deemed unsafe at work/school are required to report the observation(s) to their supervisor/instructor for appropriate action.

When Does LSUHSC-NO Drug Test?

Target Substances

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs


All drug testing will be kept confidential pursuant to LA R.S. 49:1012.

However, the information may be released to an individual’s immediate supervisor, Human Resources, the appropriate Administrative Body or their designee, the administrator(s) of organizations that provide personnel to LSUHSC-NO, the individual’s professional impaired committee (if applicable), and appropriate agencies (when required).

Consequences of a Positive Test Result

Campus Assistance Programs

Provide “outside” professional assistance to employees and students who may benefit from assistance regarding:

Self-Referral Procedures

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Assistance

Violations Can Result in Penalties

University Sanctions - types of disciplinary actions imposed for a violation of the Standards of Conduct include, but are not limited to:

Louisiana Penalties and Sanctions:

Federal Penalties and Sanctions:

Additional Resources

Listed here are resources available to employees, student, residents and faculty that can either provide substance abuse treatment or can assist individuals in finding treatment for their substance use problem.

Any Questions? We Are Here to Help!

Campus Assistance Program

Clinical Education Building
1542 Tulane Avenue
Office 866
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-8888

Office of Compliance Programs

433 Bolivar St.
Suite 807
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-5135