Establishment of Substance Abuse Educational Program for State Employees

WHEREAS: the Office of the Governor and the State of Louisiana have a long-standing commitment to working toward a drug-free Louisiana;

WHEREAS: the employees of this state are among its most valuable resources and their good health is necessary for them to carry out their responsibilities;

WHEREAS: substance abuse causes serious adverse consequences on users, affecting their productivity, their health and safety, and their dependents, co-workers and the general public;

WHEREAS: state government should actively promote a drug free workforce and the prevention of substance abuse by its employees; and

WHEREAS: the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 places restrictions on state government offices which receive federal grants and contracts, and requires them to maintain a drug-free workplace;

NOW THEREFORE I, M. J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The state of Louisiana shall have a goal to increase employee awareness about substance abuse and to achieve and maintain a workplace free of drug and alcohol abuse. The state of Louisiana shall have a policy which:

  • a. prohibits the illegal use, possession, sale or manufacture of controlled substances by state employees;

  • b. prohibits reporting to work or working under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol;

  • c. encourages rehabilitation, when possible, for substance abuse by employees; and

  • d. promotes substance abuse awareness for state employees.

  • SECTION 2: The commissioner of administration shall maintain and administer the substance abuse policy and awareness program for state employees. The policy and awareness program shall be applicable to all state employees and shall meet the requirements of the 1988 Federal Drug Free Workplace Act.

    SECTION 3: All state agencies shall carry out the provisions of the established substance abuse policy and awareness program. All state agencies shall make a good faith effort to maintain a workplace free of substance abuse.

    SECTION 4: This order is effective upon the signature of the governor and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, or rescinded by operation of law.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 1st day of July, 1996.

    M. J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.

    Fox McKeithen
    Secretary of State