The Pros and Cons of Employee Drug Testing

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TABLE OF CONTENTS1.DRUG ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE- THE NUMBERS2.SIGNS OF DRUG ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE3.CONSEQUENCES OF DRUG ABUSE IN THE WORK-PLACE4.FIVE STEPS TO SET UP ANTI-DRUG PROGRAMS IN COMPANIES5.ASSUMPTION TO ACCOMPLISH EMPLOYEE DRUG TESTING6.THE PROS OF DRUG TESTING ON EMPLOYEES7.THE CONS OF DRUG TESTING ON EMPLOYEES8.SOURCESDrug abuse in the workplace- the numbers1. Drug abuse in the workspace is a popular, global problem if we believe in an American research study done by William F. Current. He quotes, that 75% of all drug addicts who are older then 18 years work within an organization.

Again, 75 % of them consume drugs at work. He assumes, that if you test everybody from the working society between 18 and 40 years of age, 25% would be drug positive.

The Chicago association of commerce and industry, has an even more dramatic view on that topic. They say that 93% of all organizations have problems with drug addicted em-ployees.

The American National Institute of Drug abuse says that one out of five employees be-tween the age of 18 to 24 has drug problems and one out of eight people between the age of 26 and 35.Lower achievement and accidents is the direct cause of drug abuse. Most of the time, in fact 80% of the accidents caused by drug abuse the people who get harmed are not doing drugs.

2. Signs of Drug abuse in the workplaceWe are able to classify the sings of drug abuse into five different categories:1.Efficiency is not reached anymore, for instance: a lot of mistakes, neglectfulness, low work quality, lack of concentration, tiredness, unable to do dispositions.

2. Reduced attention and absence, for instance: not showing off for work, arriving late very often, often absent on Mondays and after holidays,