Substance abuse not only causes problems with safety, productivity, and insurance risk, it destroys lives.
By implementing a drug-free workplace program, employers express concern for their employees' health and well-being.
It not only benefits the workplace, but may also be saving the families, marriages, friendships, and lives of these most valuable assets, your employees!
- Over 16 million adults admit illegal drug use in past 30 days
- Marijuana and Hashish are the most common drugs used
- Cocaine and Crack
- Hallucinogens including Ecstacy
- Amphetamines (Meth) and Heroin
- Over 12 million adults admit they are "heavy drinkers"
- Heavy use - Five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least 5 different days in the past 30 days
- Alcohol is, by far, the leading substance abused by Americans
- 75% of drug and alcohol abusers are employed
- 87% of these users are emmployed by small businesses
- 75% admit to using drugs at work
- Alcohol and drug users increase your risk, they are:
- 5 times more likely to file a Workers' Compensation claim
- 3.6 times more likely to experience a workplace accident
- National average cost from abuse is $6,600/yr. per affected employee
- To compute your risk:
- Multiply the number of employees at your company by 20%
- Multiply that # by $6,600 and you have your exposed risk
- Example: Risk for a 25 employee company:
- 25 x 20% = 5 5 x $6,600 = $33,000 per year at risk
- 20% of employees fit this risk category in LARGE companies
- SMALL business is TWICE as likely to experience this risk
- The annual cost to US business from abuse is over $276 BILLION!
Small business is defined as a company with fewer than 500 employees
Information provided by the SBA, Small Business Association for a Drug Free Workplace, DFWP, NFIB, National Federation of Independent Business and US Department of Health and Human Services, National Survey on Drug Use & Health, NSDUH.