Value and Purpose of Drug Testing
Increasingly, organizations are seeing the value of drug testing. They are viewing it as another line of defense in their safety measures. Drug testing can be a method of avoiding and preventing accidents and potentially costly lawsuits. Implementing a drug and alcohol program in the workplace will often reduce liability and worker comp claims and, in many cases, premiums.
It is estimated that upwards of 10% of the U.S. population has a substance abuse problem. Recent studies indicate that 80% of employees admit to having used chemicals in the workplace or have been "hung over" from the night before. Drug testing can be one method of identifying those in need of help before things in their life worsen to a devastating level. As things worsen in their lives, not unexpectedly, their performance on the job will also decline. Alcohol and drug abusers exact a heavy toll on American businesses due to lower productivity, increased absenteeism, and accidents.
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