Freeware | June 4, 2004

Why Do Employers Have A Drug Free Workplace Policy?

Source: #1 Background Bureau
In 2000, it was estimated that 14 million Americans currently used illicit drugs, within the month prior to the interviews being conducted. That's about 6.3 percent of the population 12 years and older.

In 2000, 15.4 percent of 18 year and older, unemployed adults were drug users. 6.3 percent of the full time working population and 7.8% of part time employed adults were illicit drug users.

Workplace alcohol, tobacco and other drug related problems cost U.S. companies more than 102 billion each year in lost productivity, accidents, employee turnover, increased healthcare costs, absenteeism and workers' compensation claims. National Mental Health Association

A study of rehabilitating substance abusers revealed:

  1. 75% Used Drugs On The Job.
  2. 64% Admitted Drugs Adversely Affected Their Performance.
  3. 44% Sold Drugs To Other Employees
  4. 18% Stole Ffom Co-workers To Support Their Habit.
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