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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.