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Statistics Day: Drugs & Alcohol at Work

It’s time for a few statistics today. Sometimes they speak for themselves. So, to encourage you in your efforts to keep your workplace drug & alcohol-free, here are a few eye-openers:

More than 70 percent of substance abusers hold jobs; one worker in four, ages 18 to 34, used drugs in the past year; and one worker in three knows of drug sales in the workplace. (Source:  American Council for Drug Education)

Did you catch that? One-third of workers know of drug SALES in the workplace.

More than six percent of the population over 12 years of age (13.9 million people) has used drugs within the past thirty days. Rates of use remain highest among persons aged 16 to 25–the age group entering the work force most rapidly. (Source: U.S. Dept of Labor)

Yep – those high school and college students seeking out your jobs now and in the future have the highest rates of drug use. Even more reason for pre-employment drug testing.

Alcohol abuse statistics also tell us that a total of 23 million Americans suffer from substance abuse addiction, and 18 million is alcohol related. Almost three times as many men as women are problem drinkers.

Makes you think twice about encouraging your employees to become drinking buddies… (Source: learn-about-alcoholism)

13 million Americans have an alcohol drinking problem. (Source: DrugRecognition.com)


Drug & alcohol use is pretty common … statistics show.

Yep – it’s quite common…

How Do I Get Drugs & Alcohol Out of My Workplace?

So – the question – how do you ensure that drugs & alcohol steer clear of your workplace? Well, take a hint from BP and enforce strict drug & alcohol testing measures. Become known as a zero-tolerance employer and be faithful to comply with your pre-employment testing policies, as well as recurring testing policies, as needed. It’s

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  1. June 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Those numbers are really surprising. I didn’t know drug use was so common, especially in the workplace. I can’t get over the fact that 1/3 of workers know of drug sales in the workplace.

  1. June 22, 2012 at 8:12 am
  2. January 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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