The department of Labor has declared October 17-22 as Drug-Free Work Week, a time to highlight the benefits that a drug-free workplace brings to employers, workers and communities. And according to recent research, it's a message that many workers (and employers) need to hear.
- 75 percent of illegal drug users in the U.S. are employed - and 3.1 percent say they have used illegal drugs before or during work hours.
- 79 percent of the nation's heavy alcohol users are employed - and 7.1 percent say they have consumed alcohol during the workday.
Drug-free workplace programs can help protect employers and employees from the potentially devastating consequences of worker alcohol or drug abuse. Establishing drug-free policies, educating workers about the dangers of alcohol and drug use, deterring and detecting their use and urging people to seek help for alcohol and drug problems are smart safety strategies. They're also smart business strategies.