Drug Testing & Workplace Issues
According to recent data, 67.9 percent of all adult illegal drug users are
employed full or part time, as are most binge and heavy alcohol users.1
Studies show that when compared with non-substance users, substance
using employees are more likely to:
- Change jobs frequently
- Be late to or absent from work
- Be less productive
- Be involved in a workplace accident and potentially harm others
- File a workers' compensation claim
Employers who have implemented drug-free workplace programs have
important experiences to share.
Employers with successfull drug-free workplace programs report improvements in morale and productivity, and decreases in absenteeism, accidents, downtime, turnover, and theft.
Employers with long-standing programs report better health status among employees and family members and decreased use of medical benefits by these
- Some organizations with drug-free workplace programs qualify for incentives, such as decreased costs for workers’ compensation and other kinds of insurance.
1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings. NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration, 2013. Available at http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm#ch2.10