Drug Testing for Cause: It’s more important than you think.
In 2011, there were 19.1 million past month users of marijuana in the U.S. The rate increased from 5.8 percent to 7 percent between 2007 and 2011, bringing the number of users from 14.5 to 18.1 million.*
About 23% of the U.S workforce reported exposure to a co-worker who used or was impaired by alcohol during the workday and approximately 13% of the workforce reported exposure to a co-worker who used or was impaired by an illicit drug during the workday.*
Studies show that drug abuse in the workplace is happening on a regular basis—whether we see it or not. Although it may not happen on office grounds, research shows that even drug and alcohol abuse that takes place during off-work hours can negatively impact productivity and may also cause serious safety hazards on the job. While you can’t stop it from happening altogether, as a supervisor you can be aware of when it is happening, and you can take the appropriate actions to prevent it from happening again and/or as often.
Drug testing for cause is not done nearly as often as it should be, mostly due to a lack of knowing how to spot it and what to do. That’s where we come in. In addition to an array of drug testing services, ODT also provides clients with Supervisor Signs and Symptoms Training to help employers spot workplace drug use.
At Occupational Drug Testing, a DISA company, we know that when it comes to Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing, time is of the essence. In fact, timing is crucial in obtaining accurate and efficient drug test results. Occupational Drug Testing’s fleet of fully functional mobile vehicles are operated by professional Certified Collectors, which bring the secure collection site to you, right on location.
Whether you’re mandated by law or simply trying to keep your workplace drug-free for the safety and reputation of the organization, ODT can guide you through it all – from helping you recognize the signs and symptoms, to administering reasonable suspicion drug testing, when you need it.
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*(2012).Frone, Michael R. ”Workplace Substance Use Climate: Prevalence and Distribution in the U.S. Workforce.” Vol. 17, No. 1. Research Institute on Addiction, State University of New York at Buffalo