Student use of illegal drugs, misuse of prescription and non-prescription medications (as defined by law), and alcohol abuse is a matter of concern to The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. The College Pharmacy endeavors to protect and assist students by providing reliable information about the hazards of drugs and alcohol, identifying students at risk for substance use issues and, assisting students in receiving substance abuse treatment when necessary. The College of Pharmacy also recognizes its obligation to patient safety and the integrity of student activities in clinical practice experiences and other College of Pharmacy associated events.
The College of Pharmacy has a specific policy related to substance abuse by students. The objectives of this policy are to:
The College of Pharmacy Office of Academic Affairs will inform students about college policies and the issues surrounding substance abuse at various times during their academic program. These include, but are not limited to:
The College of Pharmacy shall abide by University policy and provide students with an opportunity to address substance abuse or dependence problems confidentially during any phase of their academic experience. The guiding philosophies of the following policy are first to protect patients from potential harm caused by impaired students in clinical practice experiences, and second to encourage the discovery and recovery of substance impaired or addicted students.
The Professional Experience Program (PEP) policy requires students under contract with the IMP3 to disclose elements of their situation to the PEP Liaison and to potential preceptors in a controlled and confidential manner. The College of Pharmacy will attempt to assure that preceptors maintain this confidentiality. The PEP office shall maintain a list of preceptors willing, with foreknowledge to accept students under IMP3 assistance into their practice environment. The student will be provided the PEP policy and procedure by the PEP Liaison within 5 days of execution of the contract with the IMP3. The PEP Liaison and the IMP3 Collegiate Advocate will work with the student to select appropriate experiential placement for the duration of the student's academic career.
The college shall not require random mandatory drug testing of students not under contract with the IMP3. The College of Pharmacy feels strongly that adherence to current policies and procedures should result in drug free environments and that random mandatory drug testing of members of the student body is an unnecessary invasion of student privacy.
The Iowa Board of Pharmacy has developed the IMP3 program to assure appropriate and confidential treatment and monitoring of substance abuse issues within the pharmacy profession. The IMP3 program is a confidential resource established for the purpose of assisting and monitoring impaired pharmacy professionals whose dependency and/or disability is potentially threatening to professional performance and public safety. The school will utilize the IMP3 program to manage students deemed to have a substance abuse issue which requires treatment.