Dealing with Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Substance abuse is a huge, worldwide problem. Most substance abusers have jobs. In fact, it is estimated that one out of every ten workers has a substance abuse problem. An employee with an alcohol or drug problem can decrease productivity, create a hostile work environment and damage a company's good name. Worst of all, the actions of a worker who is "under the influence" can completely undermine a company's efforts to keep people safe. This training series discusses the various forms of substance abuse that are typically found in the workplace, how managers, supervisors and employees can detect substance abuse problems, and what they should and shouldn't do if they discover a worker with a substance abuse problem. This is a widespread issue and needs attention from top to bottom.
In the United States alone there are over 50 million binge drinkers, 17 million illegal drug users and almost 15 million people who abuse prescription drugs. The economic and human costs of drug and alcohol use are astounding. In fact, the National Institutes of Health recently reported that alcohol and drug abuse cost the economy billions. In addition, numerous studies, reports and surveys suggest that substance abuse is having a profoundly negative affect on the workplace in terms of decreased productivity, increased accidents, absenteeism, turnover, and medical costs.
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