Below are a few facts about drugs that every employer should know:

  • A substance abuser will function at about 67% of his or her otherwise optimum capability. (National Institute on Drug Addiction)
  • Drug users are 5 times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim. (US Dept. of Justice)
  • Employees who use illicit drugs have 300% higher medical costs which increase health insurance rates, are 3 times more likely to be tardy and are 2.5 times more likely to have annual absences of 8 or more days. Absenteeism among illicit drug users often averages 30 – 35 days per year. (US Chamber of Commerce)
  • 71% of all illicit drug users are employed


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