Abuse of drugs other than alcohol cost the nation’s economy an estimated $181 billion in 2002?
THE ANSWER IS TRUE!
Given that ...
- Lost work productivity alone accounted for nearly $129 billion of the total economic cost of substance abuse.
- Substance abuse by employees results in higher health care expenditures for injuries and illnesses, more absenteeism, reduced productivity and more workers’ compensation and disability claims.
- A study of power company employees found that those with substance abuse problems had 1.5 times as many absences as their non-drug using coworkers, and twice as many medical benefits, and submitted more than twice as many workers’ compensation claims
- Employees who used illicit drugs were more likely than other workers to exhibit job withdrawal behaviors, such as spending work time on non-work-related activities, taking long lunch breaks, leaving early or sleeping on the job.
How many people used prescription drugs (e.g., painkillers such a oxycodone; tranquilizers, sedatives) for non-medical purposes in 2006
THE ANSWER IS 7 MILLION!
Use of illegal drugs and misuse of prescription drugs negatively affect workers’ well-being and productivity and hurt employers’ bottom lines.
Because of the stigma associated with illicit drug use, both employers and employees are often reluctant to address substance use disorders in the workplace. Employers can mitigate the problems and reduce costs by promoting employee access to substance abuse treatments.
About 19.2 million U.S. workers (15%) reported using or being impaired by alcohol at work at least once in the past year
THE ANSWER IS TRUE!
- Replacing an employee costs from 25% to almost 200% of annual compensation - not including the loss of institutional knowledge, service continuity, and coworker productivity and morale that can accompany employee turnover.
- The average cost per visit for outpatient substance abuse treatment (by far the most frequent form of treatment) in 2002 was $26.72.
- Savings from investing in substance abuse treatment can exceed costs by a ration of 12 to 1.
If I want to test for alcohol I do it just like I test for drugs. Correct?
Today, more adults and teens report abusing prescription drugs than the number abusing all illicit drugs combined – except marijuana.
- The Internet provides a marketplace for unapproved drugs
- Buyers may receive counterfeit, contaminated, or adulterated products
- In 2007, there was a 70% increase in the number of websites that advertise or sell Rx drugs
- 84% Internet sales are made without a prescription
- Minors are able to purchase over the net without verification of age or prescription
Marijuana is a soft drug – it’s not that serious of an illicit drug as it relates to the workplace.
- 4x/week user – effect on short-term memory can last 2 weeks
- Regular users - 2 mos. For the "fog" to lift
- 1978 – 1.37%
- 2002 – 6.79%
- 2006 – 8.5%
- 2008 – 9.6%