The Importance of Workplace Drug Prevention

The Importance of Workplace Drug Prevention

The Importance of Workplace Drug Prevention

  • Reduces absenteeism, tardiness, and sick leave
  • Reduces employee discipline problems
  • Improves employee morale and motivation
  • Improves customer satisfaction
  • Reduces workers’ compensation costs
  • Increases productivity
  • Improves company image

 

An Ideal Venue to Influence Adults

Clear, consistent workplace substance abuse policies and employee drug education can be of great benefit not only to the company, but also to employees.

  1. Creates an informed workforce
  2. Reduces drug and alcohol abuse problems in the workplace
  3. Supports a recovery-friendly workplace
  4. Reaches employees, their families, and ultimately their communities, with prevention messages

 

Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses at Risk

Small- and medium-sized businesses bear the greatest burden of employees with substance use disorders. Traditionally, larger employers participated in comprehensive drug-free workplace practices and were avoided by persons who were substance users.  As a result, prospective employees who could not pass a drug test were usually among the pool of job applicants at smaller companies that did not have a program or drug test.

 

Substance Abuse Costs for Employers

  • Employee absenteeism
  • Less productive
  • Work performance problems
  • Industrial fatalities
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Higher medical costs
  • More turnover
  • Skipped days
  • Workplace theft
  • Workplace violence