Illicit drug use can cause challenges for employers when employees use drugs before or during work, and when employees use drugs during non-work hours and experience after-effects, like hangovers, during the workday. Costs to employers associated with drug use and its after-effects can include decreased productivity, higher rates of workplace injuries and more frequent absenteeism. Depending on the substance, users may also be more likely to experience after-effects from drug use, that may impair their abilities on the job. For workers in occupations that require driving vehicles or heavy machinery, this issue may be of particular concern. Workers who are skipping work due to drug use are more likely to experience workplace conflict with a supervisor or peers. Such conflict may damage morale and create an uncomfortable work environment for other employees.
Educating your supervisors and managers with our supervisor training in the recognition of substance abuse “indicators” (physical, mental, behavioral) symptoms. Prevent a drug-related crisis in your workplace!
Drugs can be categorized based upon their effects on users. There are essentially seven different drug types, each with its own set of characteristics, effects and dangers.
Workplace substance abuse affects all businesses, regardless of size or industry. Of the 12.3 million American adults who are current illicit drug users, 9.4 million (77 percent) are employed. Our eight-hour Substance Abuse Workplace training module covers alcohol abuse, use of illicit drugs, misuse of prescription drugs, and how to identify the signs of an employee working while they are under the influence
Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, exacting more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care