The Role of Drug Testing
As many as 65% of the young people entering the work force have used illegal drugs.2
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that one out of eight workers between the ages of 26 and 35 abuse drugs, including alcohol, while at work.3
For younger workers aged 18 and 25, the numbers are even higher: 20% use drugs on the job.3
Drug users incur medical costs that on average are three times as high as the rest of a company’s employees.
Drug users are absent from work twice as often as nonusing employees.4
Users are five times as likely to be involved in accidents when off the job.4
Contrary to the beliefs of many people, the majority of drug users are employed (see Figure 8.1).
KeywordsDrug User Drug Testing Drug Screen Employee Assist National Drug Control Policy
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