Why "Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What Supervisors Need to Know" Matters
- Surveys show that substance abuse is one of the most serious issues currently facing American companies.
- It is estimated that 10 percent of all U.S. workers have a substance abuse problem. In fact, the number is probably much higher.
- Some 73 percent of all current illicit drug users aged 18 and older are employed. Over 6 million active alcoholics are on the payrolls of American businesses.
- Finally, alcoholism and drug abuse have been called “democratic diseases” because they can victimize anyone regardless of age, sex, education, social status, or occupation.
- It’s been estimated that substance abuse costs employers more than $50 billion annually.
- Studies show that alcohol and drug abusers are far less productive and use three times as many sick days. One major automaker, for instance, reports that substance-abusing employees average 40 days of sick leave annually versus 5 days for non-abusing employees.
- Abusers are also more than three times as likely to have an accident on the job as other workers, and they are five times as likely to file workers’ compensation claims.
- Substance abuse threatens the safety and security of our company and employees.
- Never ignore suspected abuse.
- Be familiar with the symptoms of drug abuse.
- Take immediate action under our policy to get abusers the help they need and to protect your other workers and the organization.