Is Your Workplace Drug Free? If Not, We Can Help
Effective drug testing policies in the workplace can help make these problems smaller. 

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the vast majority of drug users are employed, and when they arrive for work, they don't leave their problems at the door. Of the 17.2 million illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2005, 12.9 million (74.8 percent) were employed either full or part time. Furthermore, research indicates that between 10 and 20 percent of the nation's workers who die on the job test positive for alcohol or other drugs. In fact, industries with the highest rates of drug use are the same as those at a high risk for occupational injuries, such as construction, mining, manufacturing and wholesale. 

Effective drug testing policies in the workplace can help make these problems smaller.

To aid in helping communities combat drug-related problems, SAMHSA has just released an excellent new resource titled “Making Your Workplace Drug-Free: A Kit for Employers”.  The kit contains practical, proven-effective information, resources, and tools for establishing, maintaining, and evaluating drug-free workplace policies and programs, even in small and medium-sized businesses, where it has historically been difficult to establish and maintain such programs. 

The kit is also health and wellness-focused and provides valuable information to employers about what to do in order to protect and prepare the workplace, identify substance abuse related-issues, and how to provide prevention education and assistance to employees.

Impairment by drug or alcohol use can constitute an avoidable workplace hazard.  Drug-free workplace programs can certainly help improve worker safety and health and add value to American businesses and communities.

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