Magazine article Risk Management

Monitoring Worker Drug Use

Magazine article Risk Management

Monitoring Worker Drug Use

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According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice, 70% of all illicit drug users are employed full-time. This means that over 6 million illicit drug users are active members of the national work force in industries as varied as the substances that they abuse.

The National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance (NDFWA), a nonprofit drug-free workplace organization that began its roots in the President's Drug Advisory Council in 1989, estimates that illicit drug abuse cost U.S. companies $160.7 billion in 2000 alone, with 69% of these costs coming from productivity losses due to drug-related illnesses and deaths.

But much more striking than lost productivity are the related safety concerns. NDFWA reports that up to 40% of industrial deaths can be attributed to drug use or alcoholism. Employees that use illicit drugs are also reported to be more than three times as likely to suffer workplace injuries and up to 50% of all workers' compensation claims are related to drug abuse.

While pre-employment drug screening and random drug testing can do wonders to cut down on these accident rates and productivity losses, Global Detection & Reporting, Inc. …

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