Workplace drug abuse may not be obvious in your workplace, but statistically at least one of your employees will be abusing. The question is, what are you doing about it? Are you currently doing any kind of testing? If you are, are you following a strict policy of no to drugs.
The figures for substance abuse in the United States of America are astounding.
Statistics from the American Council for Drug Education.
- 60% of the world’s illegal drugs are consumed by Americans.
- 2,000,000 Americans use heroin.
- 6,000,000 use cocaine.
- 18,000,000 suffer from alcohol abuse.
- 23,000,000 people use marijuana at least four times in a week.
Of all substance users, 74.8 percent are employed and active in the workplace. This means that 12.9 million individuals actively use drugs in the workforce, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
Using drugs impairs decision-making abilities as well as physically impairs people. This is a deadly concoction when on the job. In fact, between 10 and 20 percent of American workers who die at work have test positive for drugs or alcohol. A study by OSHA states that the most dangerous occupations, such as mining and construction also have the highest rates of abuse use by their employees.
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