May 27, 2020

SAMHSA announces focus on drug-free workplaces

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced that establishing drug-free workplaces is a priority for 2015.

“Substance use negatively affects U.S. industry through lost productivity, workplace accidents and injuries, employee absenteeism, low morale, and increased illness. U.S. companies lose billions of dollars a year because of employees’ alcohol and drug use and related problems,” SAHMSA said, according to an article by The Fix.

Some industries, inlcuding mining, construction and food service, have particularly high rates of drug and alcohol abuse among workers.Overall, nearly 10 percent of U.S. workers are dependent on drugs or alcohol.

Employers can reduce this number by implementing drug testing, and supporting treatment, according to SAMHSA.


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