EMPLOYEE SUBSTANCE ABUSE DANGERS, COSTS AND EFFECTS IN THE WORKPLACE!
National Drug & Alcohol Use Statistics 1 in 3 men & 1 in 5 women drink over the recommended limit. Nearly one-third of workers under the age of 30 have taken drugs in the past 12 months. One-third of workers have admitted to going to work with a hangover, and 15% admitted to being drunk at work at least once. Almost 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs.
Drug & Alcohol Use Statistics in the Transportation Industry Among Employees in Public Transportation 13.6 percent of employees ages 18-64 have admitted to illicit drug use during the past year. 4.3 percent of employees admitted to heavy alcohol use during the past year.
Transportation workers report that the following types of drug testing are prevalent throughout the industry Pre-Employment(62.7%) Random(52.5%) Reasonable Suspicion(48.9%) Post Accident(58.8%)
What are the Costs to Your Business? According to the US Department of Labor: Drug use in the workplace costs employers 75-100 billion dollars annually in lost time, accidents, health care and worker compensation expenses. 65% of all accidents on the job are directly related to alcohol or drug use. Substance abusers are absent from work 3 times more often than their co-workers and use 16 times as many health care benefits.
Costs to your business (continued) Substance abusers are 6 times more likely to file a worker’s compensation claim. 40% of industry fatalities and 47% of accidents can be linked to alcohol use. Substance abusers are more likely to steal from their employer and staff. Employees who are struggling with substance abuse are more likely to cause property damage, and be in conflict with others at work, including acts of violence.
What Drugs Are Commonly Used and Tested For ? Alcohol Cocaine Marijuana Phencyclidine (PCP) Opiates Amphetamines/Methamphetamines Prescription Drugs
Seven Possible Symptoms of Drug Involvement Change in work attendance or performance Alteration of personal appearance Mood swings or attitude changes Withdrawal from family, co-workers, friends Association with drug-using persons Unusual patterns of behavior Defensive attitude concerning drugs
Tools That Can Help Drug and Alcohol Testing Random Pre-Employment Reasonable Suspicion Post Accident Return to Duty/Follow-Up *Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
Steps to becoming a Drug – Free Workplace Assess your organization’s needs Are you required by State or Federal Law to have a program? Do you have employees in “high-risk” positions who could seriously injure themselves or others? Are you seeing an increase in workplace injuries, absenteeism and tardiness?
Steps to Becoming a Drug-Free Workplace Weigh the Pros and Cons Benefits include – Safer workplace, less chance that an abuser will apply or be hired, fewer disciplinary actions, reduce loss due to theft, absenteeism and fraud, improved morale and productivity, lower costs due to fewer errors and greater employee awareness about substance abuse. Challenges of implementing a program include – Decreased employee retention if drug users work for your company, costs for collections and lab testing, time and money to develop program, and educate staff and supervisors.
Steps to a Drug-Free Workplace If you are ready to move forward: Develop a written policy Train Supervisors Educate and inform employees Perform drug testing By Purchasing A TMHC Services Plan We can do all of this for you!
TMHC Services Offers DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Programs Non-Regulated Drug & Alcohol Testing Programs Program Manual and Policy Development Certified Collection Sites Certified Medical Review Officer Federally Certified SAMHSA Laboratory Un-Biased Computerized Random Selection Substance Abuse Assessment and Referral Service 1-800 Phone Access to trained professionals 24/7. Employee Assistance Program Program Training for Supervisors and Employees Customized Programs based on your needs. On-Site Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Work-Site Educational Materials and much more!
Employee Assistance Programs Once thought of as alcohol and substance abuse management programs, employee assistance programs have grown to include services such as mental health, legal, financial and counseling.
What Are The Pressures For Today’s Employee? Family Stress Job Stress Financial Issues Legal Issues Addictions Mental Health Issues Anger Issues
What This Means To Your Employees And Company The Journal of American Medicine estimates that as many as 8.4 hours are lost per employee per week as a result of major depression. That is 26 lost work days per year, verses 17 days for cancer. Mental illness, the same research shows, is the number one illness causing disability in the United States. Anger issues result in employees easily provoked, creating the possibility of workplace violence. Unresolved family stress is the number one reason for workplace tardiness and absenteeism if not illness related.
TMHC Services Employee Assistance Program offers: 24/7 1-800 phone access for the employee and immediate family member to talk to a Master’s Level counselor. 1 to 6 face-to-face visits (depending on plan) with a Qualified Mental Health Therapist. Information available on Website A free phone consultation with Legal and Financial Professional, and a 25% discount on normal rates for their first visit. Access to Certified Gambling Counselors and other addiction resources.
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