Why Drug Test?

Drug Users Impact Quality and Productivity

Beyond higher absenteeism, accident rates, workers compensation and turnover costs, one of the often forgotten impacts of employing a drug user is the affect they can have on quality and productivity. Beyond the immediate financial impact of reduced quality and productivity, there is also the long term risk of losing market share to a competitor providing a better product or service. If that happens, the estimated $7,000 to $10,000 cost appears small in comparison.

75% of drug users are employed. By Department of Justice estimates, there are at least 26 million employees using illegal drugs.

When you hire a drug user, you may also be hiring increased healthcare costs, absenteeism and accidents, and many times an in-house drug dealer.
Government studies from the late 1980s and early 1990s estimated that employing a drug user costs an employer an average of $7,000 to $10,000 per year. These are conservative estimates and if the studies were done in 2010, the costs would be much more.

The bottom line is that the actual cost of the test itself is minimal compared to the cost of employing a drug user.

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