Employers GuideDrug Testing in the Business World. What Every Company Needs to Know


Drug use in the workplace can cost employers up to $100 billion dollars per year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Smaller businesses are also subject to employee drug use, including such drugs as cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, benzodiazepines, oxycodone, and marijuana, yet they are less likely to implement a drug testing program to really know.

Drug testing in the business world is important because the impact of substance abuse in the workplace is a costly issue that all employers need to address. It is one that can be prevented through pre-employment drug testing, random drug and urine drug testing post-employment.

In general, private employers have the right to test for substance abuse.

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The impact of substance abuse in the workplace is vast. Watch for these signs of alcohol and substance abuse:

  • Increased use of health benefits
  • Higher use of sick time
  • Increased absenteeism
  • Higher rate of tardiness
  • Increased workers compensation claims
  • Increased errors
  • Increased employee turnover
  • Reduced productivity
  • Reduced customer service
  • Substandard quality of work
  • Reduced creativity and innovation
  • Poor decision making
  • Poor judgment
  • Increased theft
  • Increased workplace accidents

For more information about Drug testing in the business world and having a drug free workplace, click here to read our blog Drug Testing Employees – The Legal Considerations.

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