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1 in 10 Small Businesses Have Employees Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol

Employee drug and alcohol use can be detrimental to your business — not just in terms of lost productivity and financial impacts, but also in terms of employee safety. That’s why it’s key for all companies to be aware of their employees’ actions, particularly when they’re on the clock.

Do you know how many of your small business employees are under the influence of drugs and alcohol? The number might be higher than you expect. We share the latest details below — and provide some tips for keeping employee drug and alcohol use in check.

Employees Under the Influence: Prevalence & Prevention

How Many Small Business Employees Work Under the Influence?

According to a recent study by small business insurance provider Employers Holdings Inc., 1 in 10 small businesses reported having employees working under the influence in the past year.

  • Worcester | Employee Drug and Alcohol Use5.3% of employers reported workers under the influence of alcohol, making it the highest-used substance
  • 5.1% of employers reported workers under the influence of marijuana or prescription painkillers.
  • 1.1% of employers reported workers under the influence of an illicit narcotic.
  • 9.9% of employers reported workers under the influence of any of the above substances.
  • 0.1% of employers reported that they were unaware of their employees’ substance use.

What Can Your Small Business Do to Curb Employee Drug and Alcohol Use?

Workplace accidents, lost productivity, financial losses, lawsuits, and damaged client-company relationships caused by employee drug and alcohol use can all be avoided if your business works to monitor and manage substance use among your workers.
At ARCpoint Labs of Worcester, MA, we specialize in providing workplace drug testing, which helps deter employee drug and alcohol use. We can work directly with your business to evaluate your needs for workplace drug testing and develop a tailored drug and alcohol screening program, all while adhering to industry regulations and state laws. We can handle all types of drug and alcohol testing, including pre-employment, random drug testing, post-accident testing, and reasonable suspicion drug testing.To learn more about our comprehensive drug testing services and how we can help you prevent employee drug and alcohol use, call ARCpoint Labs of Worcester today at (774) 314-9551.

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