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According to the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA), approximately:
According to the government's annual Household Survey on Drug Abuse in America, more than three-quarters (76.4%) of all illicit drug users age 18 and older are employed full- or part-time. That's approximately 16% of the working population (full- and part-time workers combined).
The federal government reported that drug-abusing employees, when compared to non-using workers, are:
A study by the US Postal Service found that substance abusers, when compared to their non-substance abusing co-workers, are:
Further, the National Safety Council reported that 80% of those injured in "serious" drug-related accidents at work are not the drug abusing employees but non-using co-workers and others.2
How much does drug abuse cost employers? The US Navy estimates each drug user costs his or her employer an average of $6,600 more than non-substance abusing co-workers each year.2
According to a Gallup survey, employees typically favor drug testing of:
They even favor drug testing of employees in their own occupations (78%).2
A survey of business executives underscored the benefits of drug testing from a company's perspective. For example, 77% of the respondents said that, since implementing drug testing they were seeing a better caliber of job applicants. A "better public image" was cited by 58%, while 56% said they were experiencing fewer workplace drug problems. Also noteworthy was that 54% had noticed an improvement in employee morale.2
According to a federal government study of full-time employees who admitted that they used illicit drugs, 40% said they were less likely to work for a company that conducted random drug testing, and 30% said they were less likely to work for a company that conducted pre-employment drug testing.2
The US Navy claims that its drug-free workplace program, which includes random drug testing and costs approximately $20 million a year, has reduced the number of sailors who use drugs and abuse alcohol by more than 57%. That equates to a savings of more than $210 million every year. In other words, the Navy claims it realizes a savings of approximately $10 for every dollar it spends on drug testing.
Try this two-step formula to calculate your return on investment (ROI) in drug testing and see how much you can save.
Multiply the number of employees at your company by the percentage you think have a substance abuse problem, then multiply that number by the average cost per year for each drug abuser on your payroll to determine the cost of substance abuse at your company.
___ the total number of employees at your company multiplied by (x) ___% of your workforce that uses drugs (national average is 17%), then multiply (x) that number by the average cost per year for each drug abuser on your payroll (national average is $6,600) = $___ cost of substance abuse at your company
Subtract the total amount that you pay for drug testing each year from the answer you just got calculating the cost of substance abuse at your company.
___ Cost of substance abuse at your company - ___ Cost of drug testing at your company = $ ___
This figure represents your return on investment in drug testing. Regardless of what numbers you use to complete the formula, your ROI for drug testing will be dramatic in comparison to the relatively small amount you spend on drug testing.