One of my favorite education materials I get from Working Partners® is their client newsletter. I actually archive them in our office for easy reference. The newsletter uses “real life” situations to learn from – which in my opinion is priceless.
Dawn Blakeman Program Administrator Blakeman Excavating, Inc.
47% of serious workplace accidents and 40% of workplace accidents resulting in fatalities
have drug and/or alcohol involvement (Occupational Medicine)
38-50% of all workers' compensation claims are related to the abuse of alcohol or drugs
in the workplace (National Council on Compensation Insurance)
Over 90% of alcoholics and 77% of drug addicts (up 10% since 1992) are employed
(National Institute on Drug Abuse, Department of Health & Human Services)
15-17% of employees in any average U.S. company are substance abusers
(Bureau of Labor Statistics)
On average, each substance abusing employee costs their employer $7,000 - $25,000
(Small Business Administration)
Substance Abuse in Industry Segments
Millions of Americans are affected each day by drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse can ruin an individual's health, break-up families, damage careers, and result in people being sent to jail or even losing their lives. It is widely recognized that substance abuse, which is widespread in our community and our society, is also in our workplaces.
The dangerous behaviors of substance abusers are not left outside when abusers enter their workplace. These people jeopardize the safety and health of themselves, their co-workers and the public. They statistically have more absenteeism, use of medical benefits, accidents, and workers' compensation claims. Additionally, they have a greater involvement in pilferage and are less productive than non-substance -abusing employees. With that, they are serious threats to the solvency of their workplaces.
Working Partners® works with businesses of all types, with an emphasis on industries where the substance abuse challenges are the greatest. These include: