Substance Abuse Is Bad For Businesses Essay

1230 Words Aug 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Businesses of all sizes can spend significant money on increased costs for healthcare, accident payments and lost productivity due to the use of drugs and alcohol. For large organizations, the money lost can run into the millions of dollars, and for small businesses, it can mean success or failure. Obviously, substance abuse is bad for businesses, both financially and in terms of its reputation with businesses and consumers.

Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for 2014, shows us that the numbers of people that indulge in substance abuse are relatively high; 10.6% of full-time employees and 13.2% of those working part-time had self-reported the use of illicit drugs within the past 30 days. Of course, self-reporting often means that the really numbers skew considerably higher. Additionally, among the employees that self-reported drug use, they also admitted that they would be less likely to apply for work with an employer that does pre-employment or random drug testing, meaning that the real numbers for substance users is likely still higher than we realize. Many are deterred from applying simply because of the requirement.

Why use drug testing?

Additional data, this from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, shows the problems caused by employees with substance abuse problems.
They are absent for 8 days or more annually at a rate 2.5 times higher than average.
They are 3.5 times more likely to be involved in an…

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