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The Cost of Drug Abuse in the Workplace


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Drug abuse can affect workplace attendance, productivity, and healthcare costs. How much does drug abuse cost U.S. Employers?

Drug Abuse Costs Employers $81 Billion Per Year

Researchers estimate that lost work, healthcare costs, and lost productivity cost businesses $81 billion dollars every year.

Lost Productivity Costs

Lost productivity and absenteeism at work due to drug abuse costs employers an estimated $25.5 billion each year.

Healthcare Costs

Healthcare costs associated with drug abuse are an estimated $25 billion every year.

Workplace Theft

A 1994 publication found that 80% of drug abusers supported their drug use by stealing from their work.

How Common is Drug Abuse at Work?

It's estimated that 70% of Americans who use illegal drugs are currently employed in the workforce.

Drug testing is the first step toward preventing or identifying drug abuse in the workplace. To learn more about how to implement a drug-free workplace policy and find drug testing locations near you, contact us at 866-566-0261 today.