Why "Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What Employees Need to Know" Matters
- Substance abuse threatens the productivity, safety, and security of our workplace and employees.
- Working under the influence of alcohol or drugs seriously impairs a person's ability to perform the job well and safely.
- Never ignore a substance abuse problem—take prompt action to solve it.
- It's been estimated that substance abuse costs U.S. businesses more than $50 billion every year—and that figure could really be even higher.
- Studies show that alcohol and drug abusers are generally far less productive, make more mistakes, and take three times as many sick days as other employees.
- Abusers are three to four times more likely to have an accident on the job than other workers, and they are five times more likely to file workers' compensation claims.
- Surveys repeatedly indicate that substance abuse is a widespread and persistent problem in plants and offices across the country. It's estimated that 10 percent of all U.S. workers have a substance abuse problem. In fact, the number could be much higher.
- Some 73 percent of all current illegal drug users are employed. Over 6 million active alcoholics are employed.
- Sixty percent of workers say they know someone who has reported for work under the influence of alcohol.