University of California, San Diego

March 25, 1997
SUBJECT: 1997 Annual Notice on Substance Abuse
Each year the faculty, staff and students of the University of California are reminded of UCSD's commitment to a campus environment free from the problems of substance abuse. For this purpose, key administrators should post this Notice in a visible area.
Although national statistics indicate that the use of illegal drugs has been declining in the United States, there has been an increase in San Diego county in the number of individuals admitted to drug treatment programs, deaths resulting from drug overdoses, and arrests for drug offenses. In spite of warnings regarding the use of alcohol and tobacco, both substances continue to be leading causes of death in our country.
If you or someone you know has a problem with substance abuse, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program on campus at 534-5523. Medical Center employees should contact National Resource Consultants/Blue Cross at 571-8222. These support services are strictly confidential and are free of charge to faculty and staff employees.
A publication entitled "Substance Abuse Program:  Official Notice to 
Academic and Staff Employees and Students," has been available to provide information on substance abuse; where help is available; and the requirements for reporting convictions for and consequences of substance abuse while on university business or property. That publication is being revised and will be accessible by May 1, 1997 on the Policy Development and Quality of Work/Life Home Page at http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/~qwl/sa.html and in hard copy in the Human Resources Department, Judicial Affairs, the
libraries, the Academic Personnel Office, and the Job Opportunities Program.
Please join me in reaffirming a commitment to a university family free from the problems of substance abuse.
Robert C. Dynes