WHY WORRY ABOUT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL IN THE WORKPLACE?. More than 70 percent of substance abusers hold jobs. One worker in four ages 18 to 34, used drugs in the past year; and one worker in three knows of drug sales in the work place.
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One worker in four ages 18 to 34, used drugs in the past year; and one worker in three knows of drug sales in the work place.
It is estimated that drug abuse cost employers 81 billion dollars annually.
Inconsistent work quality
Poor concentration and lack of focus
Lowered productivity or erratic work patterns
Unexplained disappearances from the jobsite
Carelessness, mistakes or errors in judgment
Needless risk taking
Disregard for safety for self and others- on the job and off the job accidents
Extended lunch periods and early departures
Accidents: Cause 35% of all industrial injuries and fatalitiesEighth Special Report to the U.S. Congress on Alcohol and Health
Absenteeism: Responsible for 35% of all absenteeism and 5 times more likely to be absentU.S. Department of Labor. What Works: Workplaces Without Drug
Workers’ Comp: Cause 38%-50% of all claims and are 5 times more likely to submit a claimNational Council on Compensation Insurance
Medical Benefits: Incur 300% more medical costs and use benefits 8 times more oftenU.S. Department of Labor
Pilferage: Account for 40% of all theftU.S. Department of Labor. What Works: Workplaces Without Drugs
Productivity: Perform at 67% of their potential – 1/3 less productiveU.S. Department of Health and Human Services – (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics Sourcebook)
Sometimes these effects are more serious than others…
and alcohol bring their problem into the workplace and affect other workers.