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Employee Substance Abuse: Creating a Drug-Free Workplace

Employee Substance Abuse: Creating a Drug-Free Workplace; Background Checks, Substance Abuse Screening, Accident Response, Drug Testing

Drug use among U.S. workers has been linked to a host of economic, social, and public health problems. A substantial body of research shows that worker drug use and heavy alcohol use are associated with higher health insurance costs, lower productivity, employee absenteeism, and workplace accidents.

According to a study by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration of the Dept. of HHS, 5,969,000 full-time workers report using illicit drugs. And alcohol misuse reportedly costs American businesses $66 billion a year in lost productivity.

Fighting Substance Abuse: Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988

As part of omnibus anti-drug legislation, Congress enacted the Drug-Free Workplace Act (DFWA) of 1988. The act requires federal grantees and contractors to certify that they maintain a drug-free workplace.

Since it's enactment, elements of the DFWA have been incorporated  into successful drug-free workplace programs of many private companies and businesses, such as Marriott; Black & Veatch Corporation, a global engineering, construction and consulting company; and Carpenter Technology Corporation, a 114-year-old company specializing in the production of and sale of stainless steel and other engineered materials. 

How the Drug-Free Workplace Act Works

Grantees must establish a written policy that informs employees that the unlawful possession, distribution or manufacturing of a controlled substance in the workplace is prohibited. Thirty-five federal agencies adopted a common rule that sets forth requirements for grantee compliance with the act.

Drug-free workplace programs are implemented by employers to protect their businesses from the impact of drug and alcohol abuse. A drug-free workplace program generally includes five components: a drug-free workplace policy, supervisor training, employee education, employee assistance and drug testing. For more information about the components of the DFWA, read our summary of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

For information about establishing a Drug-Free Workplace, call 317-363-8312, send email to or submit the short form below:




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