Business owners and managers must face some alarming
- 70 percent of all illegal drug users are employed
either full-time or part-time.
- One of every 12 full-time employees currently uses
- One of every 10 people in this country has an alcohol
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
- Abusers are 33 percent less productive than non-abusers.
- Drug abusers are four times more likely to have job-related
- 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:
- Sick leave
- Insurance claims
- Workers' compensation
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.