Why Workplace Drug Testing?

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Why Workplace Drug Testing?

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Workplace drug testing is an essential demand reduction component of a prevention program because it: • Serves as a deterrent to continued use of an illicit substance • Provides a means to detect and, thereby, identify employees or job applicants who are using illicit substances • Assists employees in recognizing and admitting their abuse problems so that they may obtain necessary treatment Consider the costs your company will save and the benefits employee drug screening provides and decide for yourself. Costs: Increased employee absenteeism (66 percent higher absenteeism among drug users) Costs in accidents and damages (5 times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim) Increased costs for health care (health benefit utilization is 84 percent greater in dollar terms) Losses due to employee theft/fraud (disciplinary actions are 90 percent higher among drug users) Benefits: Fewer accidents Fewer disciplinary actions Reduced losses due to absenteeism, theft, and fraud Lower cost

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