Did you know that more than 75 percent of people with drug and alcohol problems are employed?
As an employer, you know firsthand about the impact that alcohol and drug abuse can have on your workforce? Absenteeism, lateness, increased sick days, accidents on the job, theft, and employee turnover are among the consequences of substance abuse in the workplace. On this page, Gale Recovery, Inc. maintains information for employers that will be useful toward minimizing the impact that drug and alcohol abuse has on your business.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains many useful publications for employers including this series of 14 issue briefs, which contain some brief facts about the cost benefits and means to save money by assuring your workers’ access to substance abuse treatment. Subjects addressed include issues related to insurance benefits and coverage, employee assistance programs, and other resources. While some of the information or links are out of date, it provides an excellent starting point. Download the issues briefs here.
Drug-Free Workplace Resources:
The website of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Working Partners program offers information about substance abuse addiction, treatment, recovery, screening and assessment as well as information about drug-free workplaces http://www.dol.gov/workingpartners/welcome.html.
Along with other branches, SAMHSA oversees the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), which maintains a division focused on federal and private workplaces; the Division of Workplace Programs. It is likely that you already inform your employees that your workplace is drug free; however, the CSAP Drug Free Workplace Kit can provide you with additional information if you wish to enhance or reinforce your workplace policies http://workplace.samhsa.gov/WPWorkit/brochures_factsheets.html.
Employee Assistance Program Resources:
The division also produces information related specifically to establishing an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAPs are designed to help identify and resolve productivity problems affecting employees who are impaired by personal concerns. EAPs come in many different forms, from telephone-based services to onsite programs. http://workplace.samhsa.gov/ResourceCenter/Employee%20Assistance%20Programs.html
The website for the National Institute of Drug Abuse contains many useful links including comprehensive information about drugs of abuse. http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugpages.