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The following conditions are prohibited while enrolled at UNC, on immersion experiences, or otherwise engaged in UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy business, on or off the UNC ESOP premises:

  • The illegal use, abuse, possession, manufacture, dispensation, distribution of, or impairment by Controlled Substances* or Restricted Substances*.


UNC ESOP students may be required to undergo screening for Controlled Substance and/or Restricted Substances under the following conditions:

  • Reasonable suspicion that a substance abuse problem exists
  • Drug screen required by clinical immersion site, prior to rotation
  • Reasonable suspicion that a student is under the influence of a Controlled Substance or a Restricted Substance.


In the case of a confirmed test result, the student may be referred for further assessment and/or counseling. Students will be expected to incur any associated costs for additional assessments and/or counseling. Furthermore, the student will be referred to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Scholastic Achievement and Progressions Committee and may be subject to dismissal.


*Controlled Substances include, but are not limited to marijuana, opiates, amphetamines, barbiturates, heroin, and similar drugs whose possession and use are prohibited under state or federal law; so-called “designer drugs,” “look-alikes,” synthetic drugs, and similar substances.


*Restricted Substances are prescription drugs, unless validly prescribed by a student’s physician and used as prescribed, and other substances whose use may be abused although they are available legally (such as alcohol, cough syrup and other over-the-counter medications), and substances not intended for human
consumption (such as glue).