11.00.480     USE OF DRUGS

 

Drug, Narcotic, Prescriptive and Non-Prescriptive Medications

 

The personal possession or use of any drugs, narcotics, or other controlled substance by an employee, except in accordance with medical prescription, is strictly forbidden.

 

It will be the responsibility of the employee who receives any medication or any prescription for medication to inquire of the physician, dentist, or other medical authority issuing same as to the effects of such medication on his/her ability to safely perform his/her duties as a police employee.  If the nature of the medication is such that it will or may create a safety hazard while on duty, and be continuous in its effect through or into the employee's next tour of duty, he/she will report same in writing as soon as practical to his/her supervisor, who will determine whether to continue the employee's present assignment, reassign the employee to temporary duty or relieve the employee from duty until such time as detrimental effects of the medication no longer exist.

It will be the responsibility of the employee consuming non- prescriptive medications to review cautionary warnings for potential side effects.  If the nature of the medication is such that it will or may create a safety hazard while on duty, and be continuous in its effect through or into the employee's next tour of duty, he/she will report same in writing as soon as practical to his/her supervisor who will determine whether to continue the employee's present assignment, reassign the employee to temporary duty or relieve the employee from duty until such time as detrimental effects or the medication no longer exist.

 

Continued use and/or misuse of non-prescriptive medications may be cause for administrative review, referral to consultative medical authority, or disciplinary action.