Drug use is a fact of life in the workplace. Your employees know who’s selling, who’s smoking, who’s drinking, who’s abusing legal drugs and who’s using illegal ones.
Drug Use Statistics
Moreover, recent research reports are clear on the pervasiveness of on-the-job drug use:
1. As many as 1 in 5 workers in the U.S has a drug or alcohol problem.
2. 17% of all workers abuse alcohol or other drugs.
3. 70% of all current adult illegal drug users are employed.
4. Teenage drug use is once again a national epidemic.
The Business Cost of Drug Use
The cost – your cost – is staggering. Workers using drugs or abusing alcohol:
1. File 38-50% of all workers compensation claims.
2. Report late to work three times more often than non-users.
3. Use three times more medical benefits.
4. Miss work completely twice as often.
5. Are three-and-one-half times more likely to be involved in an accident. And the list goes on.
Benefits of Drug Testing for Businesses
In the early 1990s, Congressional mandates required drug testing of all employees holding commercial drivers licenses. The positivity rate proved high, and that was just the beginning. Employers who tested their entire work force found positive results among all employees.
Employers who continued to test and initiate substance abuse programs saw results:
- Safer workplaces
- Improved morale
- Increased productivity
- Better community image
- Significantly reduced workers’ compensation premiums
- Lower health insurance rate
- Major saving in every facet of business
Corporate wellness is becoming increasingly vital to business success. A good corporate wellness program is essential for maintaining a competitive edge in the 21st century.