Substance Abuse Policy

Effective Date: August 1, 2006

Last Reviewed: July 1, 2015

Review by: July 1, 2016


To establish and maintain a safe, productive and drug-free work environment.

Policy Statement

Meharry is committed to providing a safe work environment and to fostering the well-being and health of its employees.  It is the policy of the College to maintain a workplace that is free from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

Employees are prohibited from the illegal use, sale, dispensing, distribution, possession, or manufacture of illegal drugs, controlled substances, narcotics, or alcoholic beverages on Company premises or work sites.  In addition, the Company prohibits off-premises abuse of alcohol and controlled substances, as well as the possession, use, or sale of illegal drugs, when these activities adversely affect job performance, job safety, or the Company’s reputation in the community.

It is also a violation of the Meharry policy for any employee to use prescription drugs illegally, i.e., to use prescription drugs that have not been legally obtained or in a manner or for a purpose other than as prescribed. 

As a condition of employment, employees must abide by the terms of this policy and must notify Human Resources in writing of any charge of a violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace within five calendar days after such conviction.

It is a violation of this policy to refuse consent for these purposes or to test positive for alcohol or illegal drugs.   Policy violations will result in discipline and may result in termination.

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