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Title: What Works: Workplaces Without Alcohol and Other Drugs
Corporate Author: US Dept of Labor
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 71
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SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
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Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report suggests ways that executives, supervisors, employee representatives, and workers can contribute to ridding the workplace of substance abuse; examples of effective workplace substance-abuse policies and employee assistance programs are included.
Abstract: In discussing the prevalence and consequences of substance abuse by employees, the report notes that approximately 68 percent of all illegal drug users are employed either full-time or part-time. The consequences of drug abuse for employers and employees are impaired productivity, more absenteeism, greater risk of injury on the job, and more workers' compensation claims. A business can take certain steps to determine whether or not it has a substance-abuse problem or the potential for developing one. These steps include the identification of organizational indicators of substandard performance, consultation with managers and employee representatives, and a review of statistics collected by substance-abuse agencies. Because substance abuse tends to be a hidden problem, many organizations have decided to proceed on the assumption that there are individuals in the workplace who have or are developing a problem with alcohol or other drugs. This report recommends and outlines a five-part program that consists of a written substance-abuse policy, an employee education and awareness program, a supervisor training program, an employee assistance program, and drug testing as appropriate. The appendixes provide models of workplace substance-abuse policies and employee assistance programs, a discussion of legal issues pertinent to drug testing, drug fact sheets, and a list of 12 resources for technical assistance on workplace substance-abuse programs.
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Drug Policy; Employee assistance programs; Employee drug testing; Substance abuse in the workplace
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