Creating a drug-free office
Productivity, safety, absenteeism and medical expense are some of the problems that require correction. Workers who experienced drugs and alcohol are 25% less productive than those who abstain. They also threaten the safety of fellow employees and the general public and can run up enormous medical and rehabilitation expenses for their employers. Drug use causes fatigue, paranoia, difficulty in concentrating, impaired judgment, slowed reaction time, poor coordination, and confusion. Alcohol abusers have high absenteeism, frequently arrive late and leave early, display verbal and physical aggression, often sleep on the job, and are a drag on productivity and quality. As a result, accidents are three to five times more likely among alcohol and drug users, and when accidents do occur, druggies and alcoholics are five times more likely to file Workers' Comp claims. Drug and alcohol abuse is the primary cause of 47% of industrial injuries and deaths. The problem is not isolated among a few bad apples. Studies have shown that 85 million Americans have experimented with illegal drugs. Seventy percent of illicit drug users are employed, as are 85% to 90% of alcohol users. In a typical work force, 80% of the employees know someone who drinks, or buys or sells drugs at work.