Substance abuse – which includes drugs and alcohol – takes a heavy toll on businesses, costing billions of dollars in lost productivity and increased healthcare spending each year.
According to data from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 10.6 percent of full-time employees and 13.2 percent of part-time employees aged 18 or older reported using illicit drugs within the past month1. Survey respondents who reported past-month drug use said they would be less likely to work for employers that conduct pre-employment or random drug testing. In addition, data from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)2 shows that employees who use drugs are:
2.5 times more likely than co-workers who do not use drugs to be absent for 8 or more days each year 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident at work 5 times more likely to file a workers’compensation claim Drug testing programs aim to filter out drug users and deter drug use in the workplace.
Since companies first began drug testing their employees in the 1980s, drug use among workers subject to testing has steadily declined. Employers are aware of the negative impacts of workplace substance abuse including higher absenteeism, increased risk of injury and lower productivity and performance. Therefore, if the overall goal is to establish a safer, more productive and drug-free work environment, there are many benefits that employers receive from drug testing programs including:
Random Drug Testing – Random drug testing is a process whereby drug tests are unannounced and every employee has an equal chance of being selected for testing. It is most likely the best deterrent to keep employees from using illicit drugs. To achieve deterrence, there must be an element of surprise in a random testing program. Because the employees never know when they will be tested, they tend to refrain from using drugs.
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