Business owners and managers must face some alarming facts:

  • 70 percent of all illegal drug users are employed either full-time or part-time.
  • One of every 12 full-time employees currently uses illegal drugs.
  • One of every 10 people in this country has an alcohol problem.

What do these numbers mean to you? They mean that every day across the country, in towns large and small, from small businesses to large corporations, the problems of substance abuse are significantly impacting the workplace.

This problem has a direct effect on you and your employees because substance abuse affects the bottom line and is costing you money. How? Compare substance-abusing workers to drug-free workers:

  • Drug-using employees are three times more likely to be late for work and are 2.5 times more likely to be absent from the job more than eight days per year.
  • Absenteeism among problem drinkers is 4 to 8 times the normal.
  • Abusers are 33 percent less productive than non-abusers.
  • Drug abusers are four times more likely to have job-related accidents.
  • Abusers consume five times as much in worker's compensation and three as much in health care benefits.

All this means real dollar costs to your operation in all the following areas:

  • Absenteeism
  • Sick leave
  • Insurance claims
  • Workers' compensation
  • Tardiness
  • Overtime pay
  • Diminished productivity
  • Diminished efficiency

But there are also a number of hidden costs relating to substance abuse that can drive up the cost of operations:

  • Diverted supervisory and managerial time
  • Friction among workers
  • Damage to equipment
  • Poor decisions
  • Damage to the company's public image
  • Personnel turnover

How can you protect your company and your workers from those who, through the abuse of illegal drugs, prescription drugs or alcohol, endanger your workplace and your profits?

The answer is simple:

Establish a substance abuse prevention program.

To learn more about CSAP and our customized substance abuse prevention programs, please call us at (631) 979-8080 or send an email to info@drugtestprograms.com.

Source of Statistics: The National Report on Substance Abuse; Volume 9, Number 10; April 27, 1995 and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Fact Sheet, September 8, 1999.

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