There are around 23 million illegal drug users in the country, 70 percent of whom have a steady job. Sixty-five percent of workplace incidents involve people who test positive for drugs or alcohol.
Drug and Alcohol Awareness raises awareness of substance abuse and addiction, and its impact on the workplace. The program helps supervisors:
• Avoid misconceptions about addiction
• Approach the problem with care and understanding
• Recognize the symptoms and effects of substance abuse and addiction
• Understand how, and to whom, suspected cases of substance abuse are to be reported.
• Shows you the key elements of a substance abuse program in the workplace: clear guidelines, penalties for violations, time off, rehabilitation, insurance, and drug testing
• Explains that since substance abuse is a disease, it should be handled with care, sympathy, and understanding. It does away with misconceptions and discusses the delicate questions of how and when suspected cases of substance abuse are to be reported
• What to do if an employee uses marijuana in another state where it is legal, and tests positive upon her return to work where it is not
• Whether and to what extent marijuana use should be treated as cocaine or other illegal drugs and
• How to deal with medical and recreational uses of marijuana