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Is Ongoing Drug Screening In The Workplace Important?

In the United States, approximately 46 million individuals grapple with at least one substance use disorder (SUD), and a significant portion of them... roughly 60%... are employed. This presents a challenging and often overlooked reality within American business circles, where talk about addiction, whether to alcohol or drugs, has historically been stigmatized and avoided.

Drug abuse in the workplace can vary by industry and region. Still, it's estimated that around 10-20% of American workers have used drugs while at work, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

What are the biggest consequences of drug use by your employees?

Drug use by your employees can cause a loss of productivity and job performance, workplace accidents and injuries, employee absenteeism, and high turnover.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace causes 65% of on-the-job accidents.

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What are the benefits of continuous drug testing in the workplace?

Safety: Drug testing helps maintain a safe work environment by identifying employees who may be impaired on the job due to drug use. This is particularly important in industries where safety is critical, such as construction or transportation.

Productivity: Employees under the influence of drugs are likely to have decreased productivity and performance. Identifying and addressing substance abuse through testing can help improve overall productivity.

Healthcare Costs: Substance abuse can lead to health problems, which in turn can increase healthcare costs for both the employer and the employee. Drug testing can help identify individuals who may need assistance with addiction treatment, potentially reducing long-term healthcare expenses.

Legal Compliance: In some industries, drug testing is required by law to comply with regulations related to safety standards or federal contracts. Implementing continuous drug testing ensures compliance with these regulations.

Prevention and Deterrence: The knowledge that drug testing is regularly conducted can deter drug use among employees. It may discourage individuals from using drugs in the first place or encourage those with substance abuse issues to seek help before they are caught in a test.

Employee Relations: Drug testing programs can be implemented fairly and consistently, sending a message to all employees that the company takes substance abuse seriously and is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.

Reputation and Image: Maintaining a drug-free workplace can enhance the company's internal and external reputation and image. It demonstrates a commitment to safety, responsibility, and employee well-being, which can attract customers, clients, and potential hires.

How can I do continuous drug testing?

As you can see, pre-employment and continuous drug testing can be key to the productivity and well-being of your employees and the safety of your company. With ApplicantPro, drug testing your candidates and employees is simple. We will coordinate all the details for you... an automated email is sent to the candidate or employee and includes all the necessary information (location close to home or work, time frame, what to bring) for them to get the test done.

Three of the most popular tests we run are the 5 Panel Test, DOT Test, and Oxycodone 10 Panel Test. Positive results are sent off for further review at no additional cost. Once they are returned, the results will automatically show in your applicant tracking system, no more back and forth with the employee or the clinic. We take care of all of the details for you!

If you'd like to learn more about how ApplicantPro can help you with your continuous drug screening, click the link below to set up a time to chat!

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