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Sample Drug-Free Work Week Press Release

[Cut and paste this press release onto your organization’s letterhead and customize it as necessary. Send to your local media the week before Drug-Free Work Week]


[Name of Communications Contact at Your Organization]

[E-mail Address]

[Phone Number]


[Name of Your Organization] Joins Broad Coalition to
Observe Drug-Free Work Week

Nationwide campaign will take place <DATES>

(City, State) Date[Name of your organization] today announced its involvement in National Drug-Free Work Week, a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored event that will take place <DATES>. The purpose of Drug-Free Work Week is to educate employers, employees and the general public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace. Now in its third year, the annual campaign is a collaborative effort between the Labor Department, members of its Drug-Free Workplace Alliance and other public and private-sector organizations devoted safe and healthy workplaces. However, all employers and employees are encouraged to participate.

Throughout Drug-Free Work Week, [name of your organization] will conduct various activities to help employers, supervisors and workers understand how to implement effective drug-free workplace programs that focus on detection and deterrence while also offering assistance and support for workers who may have problems with alcohol or drugs.

The themes of Drug-Free Work Week have widespread relevance, according to a survey conducted by the Hazelden Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. The Hazelden research found that while most human resources practitioners recognize substance abuse and addiction as among the most serious problems faced in today's workplace, few companies proactively address these issues with their employees.

"Drug-Free Work Week is a perfect time to remind employers and employees alike that reducing workplace alcohol and drug abuse is a crucial part of keeping workers safe,” said Elena Carr, drug policy coordinator at the Labor Department. "Of course, in a safe and healthful workplace, every week should be Drug-Free Work Week.”

In observance of Drug-Free Work Week, [name of your organization] will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate its [employees/supervisors/members] on the merits of a drug-free workplace. These efforts include [insert examples of planned activities].

"[Your organization’s name] is proud to be a part of this year’s National Drug-Free Work Week,” said [spokesperson]. "We want to spread the message that ‘working drug free works,’ and to highlight the benefits that drug-free workplace programs bring to employers, workers and communities.”