The impact of drug use in business.
Studies show that an employee’s behavior, performance, and attitude are affected when they have substance abuse problems. Unfortunately, that behavior usually impacts colleagues as well.
Most illicit drug users are employed. The rate of current illicit drug use among persons aged 12 or older in 2016 was 10.6%. Of the 22.4 million current illicit drug users aged 18 or older, 15.4 million (68.9%) were employed either full or part time.
The financial impact on business is staggering! Each drug abuser costs the employer a minimum of $7,000 to $10,000 per year ($7,000 per National Institute of Justice Study, $10,000 per U.S. Postal Service Study).