What's In It For Me to screen applicants for drugs and alcohol abuse?

  • 77% of illicit drug users and 90% of alcoholics are employed – mainly in construction, commercial truck driving, and manufacturing.
  • Approximately 35 to 50 percent of all workers’ compensation claims are related to substance abuse in the workplace and injuries on and off the job,
    • And cost employers about $200 billion annually.
  • Substance abusers are
    • 33 to 50 percent less productive.
    • Absent about three weeks or more per year
    • Tardy three times more often than non-users
    • Three to four times more likely to have an accident on the job
    • Responsible for 50 to 80 percent of all pilferage, theft and loss

[From “Drug and alcohol screening can cut down liabilities” by Dr. Patricia David, CorpHealth in Lift magazine, September-October 2006]

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