Facts about Drugs

Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol and drug use among employees and their family members can be an expensive problem for business and industry, with issues ranging from lost productivity, absenteeism, injuries, fatalities, theft and low employee morale, to an increase in health care, legal liabilities and workers' compensation costs.  

The impact of alcoholism and drug dependence in often focuses on four major issues:

  1. Premature death/fatal accidents 
  2. Injuries/accident rates 
  3. Absenteeism/extra sick leave 
  4. Loss of production  

This  ultimately impacts all members of family and society as whole. 

Additional problem areas can include:

  • Tardiness/sleeping
  • After-effects of substance use (hangover, withdrawal) affecting performance 
  • Poor decision making 
  • Loss of efficiency 
  • Theft 
  • Lower morale 
  • Increased likelihood of having trouble with family members, school, co-workers/supervisors or tasks  and law
  • Preoccupation with obtaining and using substances while at work or school, interfering with attention and concentration 
  • Illegal activities at work or school including selling illicit drugs to other employees or students
  • Higher turnover at work
  • Training of new employees
  • Lower academic achievement 
  • Disciplinary procedures 
  • In addition, family members living with someone’s alcoholism or drug use may also suffer emotional, health and financial changeless, significant job performance related problems -- including absenteeism, lack of focus, increased health-related problems and use of health insurance.