The majority of those abusing drugs and alcohol are not "on the streets." Seventy-seven percent of users are employed by small and medium businesses just like yours. They often work at such companies because testing is not commonplace. And now their problems become your problems. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, drug or alcohol abusers are:
- 77% more likely to be discharged within three years
- 66% more likely to be absent
- 47% more likely to be injured on the job
- 40% more likely to be killed on the job
And those employees are more likely to:
- Become a dealer in your workplace
- Steal your inventory and cash
- Have a negative impact on your customers
- Make more health claims
- Cause deliberate property damage
Businesses cannot afford to retain workers that use drugs and abuse alcohol. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce estimates that a drug or alcohol user can cost an employer 35% more than a non-user, and this estimate does not include potential theft and property damages.
Companies that test employees can avoid hiring users. Testing all new hires and all current staff at random can keep your company drug free at a fraction of what potential losses could cost you. METSCheck, Inc. can get you started and keep you "legal." We can assist you with compliant procedures, tests that are 100% accurate, and report to you confidentially. As a bonus, many states offer discounts on their workers compensation insurance premiums when employers establish a qualified Drug Free Workplace program. For more information, visit http://www.dol.gov/asp/programs/drugs/workingpartners/dfwpadvisor.asp.
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