Pre-Employment Drug Testing

Pre-Employment Drug Testing

Employers design drug-free workplace programs to protect their organizations from the impact of drug abuse. Pre-employment drug testing helps prevent the hiring of individuals who abuse drugs and is most often performed as a part of the job application process.

Because every business and workforce is unique, every employer should make a careful determination about the drug testing program elements that are most beneficial for their workplace.

Substance abuse takes a heavy toll on American businesses. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, drug use in the workplace costs employers $81 billion annually. Left unchecked, drug abuse can seriously compromise the integrity and stability of your workplace.

Employee drug testing became more common after the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and mandatory drug testing guidelines were developed for many federal employees. Federal employers are required to follow drug test procedures created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Statistics to Consider:

Drug testing can help to improve employee morale and productivity while decreasing absenteeism, accidents, downtime, turnover and theft.

Nearly 7 percent of adults employed full time and 9 percent of those employed part time currently use illegal drugs according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

More than 70 percent of substance abusers hold some type of job according to the American Council of Drug Education. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 60 percent of adults know someone who has come to work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.


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