What is Drug-Free Workplace?
The Drug-Free Workplace program is designed to educate employers and employees about the dangers of substance abuse and provide them with strategies to help prevent abuse at work.
Why Invest in This Program?
1. Substance abuse is prevalent among employees.
Substance abuse is a serious health issue that impacts businesses throughout Knox County. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a staggering 70 percent of illicit drug users are currently employed. In addition, 79 percent of regular heavy drinkers also hold jobs. Drug-Free Workplace trainings can help employers recognize the signs and symptoms of substance abuse early on and encourage employees with substance abuse problems to seek treatment, contributing to a healthier, happier workplace.
2. It is cost-effective.
Investing in a Drug-Free Workplace program can save your business money by reducing its workers’ compensation insurance and health insurance premiums. According to recent research studies, substance abusers:
- Incur 300 percent higher medical costs
- Are 1/3 less productive
- Are 2.5 times more likely to be absent from work than non-abusers
In addition, replacing a salaried worker for substance abuse-related issues can cost the company up to $7,000. Drug-Free Workplace trainings can help businesses curtail revenue loss and encourage healthy lifestyles among its employees.
3. It saves lives.
Prevention is the key to protecting the lives of our employees. In 2014, 1,263 Tennesseans died from opioid overdoses, surpassing car accidents and firearm discharges. Thousands more die each year from health problems, violent crime and suicide associated with substance abuse disorders. Drug-Free Workplace participating businesses can rest easy knowing they are contributing to the overall safety and well being of the community.
How Can I Bring This to My Business?
Metro Drug Coalition can facilitate on-site Drug-Free Workplace trainings in Knox County and provide technical assistance and support in developing your drug-free workplace policy. For more information or to schedule a training, call (865) 588-5550 or email Aly Taylor.