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Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Program

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is committed to keeping your health and safety a top priority. Alcohol and drug use disorders remain a significant problem in the United States, and TTUHSC continues to strongly promote an environment that discourages the inappropriate or illegal use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD). TTUHSC has adopted and implemented an AOD prevention program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees both on school premises and as part of any of its activities. 

National Fentanyl Awareness Day

May 7, 2024

Last year, over 70,000 Americans fatally overdosed on illegally made fentanyl. Fentanyl is now found in fake pills and many street drugs, but users are often unaware that their drugs contain the potent opioid. This is an urgent public health crisis that puts all of us, and our loved ones, at risk. We all must play a role in preventing further tragedies. According to the CDC, fentanyl is involved in more deaths of Americans under 50 than any other cause of death, including heart disease, cancer, and all other accidents. Among teenagers, overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids like fentanyl tripled in the past two years.

National Fentanyl Awareness Day brings together individuals, parents, teachers, corporations, influencers, community groups, and government entities to help put an end to this emergency. The New Drug Talk is a short film to educate community members about the dangers of fentanyl and fake pills in the new and rapidly changing drug landscape. 

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

March 18 – 24, 2024

Welcome to National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week!


Regulation Requirements

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 requires that institutions of higher education receiving federal funds or financial assistance must develop and implement an Alcohol and Other Drugs program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. The program must include annual notification of the following: standards of conduct; a description of sanctions for violating federal, state, and local law and campus policy; a description of health risks associated with AOD use; a description of treatment options; and a biennial review of the program’s effectiveness and the consistency of the enforcement of sanctions.

TTUHSC Policies

HSC OP 10.03, Alcohol and Illegal Drugs policy prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs on TTUHSC property or as a part of any officially sponsored TTUHSC activities.

HSC OP 10.03 Attachment A. Student, Faculty, Resident and Staff Guidelines outlines TTUHSC's:

  • Standards of conduct prohibiting the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.
  • Local, state and federal laws and sanctions related to illicit drugs and alcohol.
  • The health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol.
  • Any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or other programs available to students and employees.
  • Disciplinary sanctions on students, faculty and staff for violations of drug and alcohol standards of conduct. 

Other Policies Addressing AOD Use and Abuse:

AOD Program at TTUHSC

TTUHSC has designated the Alcohol and Illegal Drugs Policy Committee and implemented an AOD prevention program. TTUHSC sends out the AOD program annual notification to all TTUHSC faculty, staff, residents, and students during the fall semester via email. The Committee conducts a biennial review of TTUHSC's AOD program and put together a biennial review report in each even-numbered year. Please see below if you would like to read the annual notification or the biennial report.