Do You Require Drug Testing for Your Employees?

Many employers require drug testing as part of their pre-employment assessment process, and may include periodic random drug testing and for-cause and post-accident drug and alcohol testing as part of their company’s workplace substance abuse program.  Nearly 75% of all adult illicit drug users are employed, as are most binge and heavy alcohol users1 and problems related to alcohol and drug abuse cost American businesses roughly $81 billion in lost productivity in just one year2.

Drug and alcohol use by employees result in:

  • Risk, safety and liability issues
  • Loss of production
  • Higher absenteeism and consistent tardiness
  • Increased worker’s compensation costs and claims
  • Increased incidences of theft, embezzlement and other crimes
  • Higher employee turnover
  • Employee behavior issues that affect a company’s morale, culture and image

In fact, industries with the highest rates of drug use are the same as those at a high risk for occupational injuries, such as construction, mining, manufacturing and wholesale3.  These same employers must also be diligent in screening, monitoring and caring for prospective candidates and employees who may work in high risk occupations through more specialized occupational health testing.

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