Each company may have their own reasons to drug test. Some companies may have employees drug tested if they are involved with the measurement and management of risk and uncertainty. Other companies, such as those involved in transportation, require drug testing for safety and liability reasons, while others drug test to receive worker’s compensation discounts, insurance discounts, and to avoid legal liability.
70% of the estimated 14.8 million Americans who use illicit drugs are employed.
(Source: NCADD - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence)
Employment drug testing is a powerful risk management tool, which can help to provide a safer and more productive workplace. Drug testing can help decrease employee turnover, absenteeism, reduce risk and lower worker’s compensation rates by reducing the chances of injury. A random drug testing program can help ensure that a safer more productive workplace stays that way.
While some of these company benefits are debatable, the effects that illicit drugs and alcohol have on employees is not. Alcohol and drug use contributes to 60% of all substandard job performance, and at least 40% of all industrial accidents (www.fit.edu).
Employees on drugs are:
- More likely to suffer from an injury on the job
- More likely to files worker’s compensation claims
- More likely to miss work
- More susceptible to poor decision-making
- Less productive
Employees are the most valuable resource for any organization; this is why the health and safety of those employees is a primary concern. Employees who abuse drug and or alcohol are a danger to themselves along with their coworkers. It is important for companies to take the necessary steps to help prevent the unfavorable impact that drugs, alcohol and controlled substances can have on the workplace. A thorough company policy and trusted screening and drug testing partner such as NNED can increase productivity, safety, and overall functionality of an organization.
Northern New England Diagnostics (NNED) is part of a collaborative organization known as the Manchester Medical Center. A major part of what we do is help substance use disorder patients overcome their addiction. When NNED finds a positive result and it is confirmed as a true positive, we don’t stop at the delivery of the result. We can offer employees help and caring solutions to overcome drug and alcohol addiction.