Controlled substance (especially drug) use, abuse, or addiction among employees and others in your workforce can cause expensive problems for your operation that include lost productivity, absenteeism, injuries, fatalities, illegal transactions, theft, and low employee morale. It can also lead to an increase in health care, legal liability, and workers’ compensation costs. Implementing smart policies and testing protocols benefits your people and your operation.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, in 2014 drug abuse cost employers $81 billion annually – and, based on drug testing results, illegal drug use has risen an average of 4% annually since then.
When looking at resumes, it is worth knowing that workers who report having three or more jobs in the previous five years are about twice as likely to be current or past year users of illegal drugs as those who have had two or fewer jobs.