Pre-Employment Drug Testing
Employers design drug-free workplace programs to protect their businesses from the impact of drug abuse. Pre-employment drug testing helps prevent the hiring of individuals who abuse drugs and is most often performed as a part of the job application process.
Because every business and workforce is unique, each employer should make a careful determination about the program elements that are most beneficial for their workplace.
Substance abuse takes a heavy toll on American business. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, drug use in the workplace costs employers $81 billion annually. Left unchecked, drug abuse can seriously compromise the integrity and stability of your workplace. Consider these statistics:
- Nearly 7 percent of adults employed full time and 9 percent of those employed part time currently use illegal drugs (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA).
- More than 70 percent of substance abusers hold some type of job (American Council of Drug Education). In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 60 percent of adults know someone who has come to work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Drug testing can help to improve employee morale and productivity while decreasing absenteeism, accidents, downtime, turnover and theft.