Jason Thomas
Week 4 Individual Assignment
Workplace substance abuse
May 2010
Dr. Maria Cuddy-Casey
In Studies it had shown that cocaine use often replaces marijuana use. The past 5 years has seen an increase in prescription narcotics such as vicoden, oxycoden and other pain relievers. Alcohol far exceeds other addictions that effect day to day operations in many companies. It causes absenteeism, tardiness, high medical care cost and loss of production. Statistics from several studies shows the current problem with substance abuse as it relates to workplace productivity.
  Seventy percent of illegal drug users are employed.
      1 in every 7 workers from the ages of 18 to 34 use drugs on the job.
      Workplace ATOD issues cost US companies more than 100 billion   each year and each individual companies account for it being   at minimum 2.5 % of the payroll per calendar year.
      Drug addicts normally account for 300% more in medical care   costs than the average employee which raises health care cost   for the employer and employee.
      Drug users are five times more likely to file a worker’s compensation   claim than those whom do not use drugs.
      Drug use in the workplace can also cause drug dealers to pop   up in the workplace.
      Workers whom were surveyed stated that nearly a third of them   know of fellow employees whom use drugs and 10% have been offered   drugs at work.
      Drug users in the workplace have 3.6 times more accidents than   other employees and are nine times more likely to have incidents   involving violence away from work.
    Although drug abuse is a major factor affecting productivity in many companies, alcohol abuse is another contributing factor is lost revenue and higher health care costs. Although both abuse culture have an impact on work related cost, alcoholism is thought to be the main issue in many industrial companies across America. A study by the Employee Assistance...