Alcohol and other drug use affect the profitability of a company. It also impacts absence rates, tardiness, and productivity rates. Workman’s compensation claims increase and the climate of a workplace is affected.
- 77% of drug users are employed. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- Substance users are 33-50% less productive (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
- Substance users are absent 30-35 days per year and are three times more likely than non-users to be late for work. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
- Substance users are three to four times more likely to have an accident on the job. They are also five times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim. (Employee Assistance Society of North America)
- A person's alcohol use affects other employees. 21% of workers report being put in danger or injured, having to re-do work or cover for another employee, or needing to work harder due to others’ drinking. (JSI Research and Training Institute)
Drug-free workplace education programs address substance abuse in the workplace. These programs assist employers in creating a healthier, safer environment for their employees. A variety of programs can assist employers in establishing drug-free workplace policies. They also provide education and training to employees and those in supervisory roles.