Drug and alcohol testing in the workplace is fast becoming a fact of life for many employers. Although the drug testing practice was initially adopted by the Fortune 500 companies, pre-employment drug screening is gaining increasing acceptance in all sizes of businesses looking to keep their workplaces safe and their costs down.
According to numbers cited by the U.S. Department of Labor, drug use in the workplace is extremely costly to employers taking into account lost time, absenteeism, accidents and on the job injuries, health care, and workers’ compensation claims each year. For example, sixty-five percent of job-related accidents are due to alcohol or drugs. Substance abusers within the workforce are six times more likely to file a worker’s compensation claim, and they use 16 times as many healthcare benefits.
You Need To Know – Positive drug tests in the U.S. workforce rose to highest level in a decade. According to an analysis of 11 million drug tests released by Quest Diagnostics, the number of employees who receive positive drug results in the workplace has steadily increased over the last three years to reach the highest level in 10 years.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) show that substance using employees are more likely to:
- Frequently change jobs
- Regularly be absent or late
- Be less productive
- Harm others, or themselves in an accident
- File a worker’s compensation claim
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