Drug-Free Workplace

Did you know that every year workplace drug abuse costs companies millions of dollars? Business are no longer immune to problems of workplace drug and alcohol abuse. A Quest study revealed positive urine drug screens for 4.2 percent of the U.S. workforce in 2016, up from 4.0 percent in 2015. The rate has not reached this level since hitting 4.5 percent in 2004.

“This year’s findings are remarkable because they show increased rates of drug positivity for the most common illicit drugs across virtually all drug test specimen types and in all testing populations,” said Barry Sample, Ph.D., senior director of science and technology for Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions, in a press statement.

“Our analysis suggests that employers committed to creating a safe, drug-free work environment should be alert to the potential for drug use among their workforce,” he added.

Employees know that drug use in the workplace can create problems such as job performance, workplace safety, and many other work-related activities.

There was a survey conducted about how does substance abuse negatively affect…”

Attendance? 64 percent said “yes.”

Productivity? 63 percent said “yes.”

Morale? 63 percent said “yes.”

Health Care Costs? 59 percent said “yes.”

Safety? 57 percent said “yes.”

Testing employees for drug abuse is most often conducted for pre-employment, post-accident, random testing, return-to-duty and post-rehabilitation. Substance-abusing employees most commonly test positive for marijuana. It is by far the illegal drug most frequently found in the system of American workers.

Employers and employees share many goals. Both want to see the business succeed, and they understand that they need to be competitive and deliver on the bottom line. When business drug test this supports a safer and more productive workplace where people want to work. When a business incorporates drug testing this increases the level of safety, productivity, and morale for both employers and employees.