A recent drug-testing firm has published a white paper, Economic Value of Drug Testing in the Workplace for Health Payers & Employers. The article addresses opportunities for health payers and employers recommending ways that they can utilize drug testing to:
- Decrease Employee Turnover and Absenteeism
- Reduce Employer Risk
- Lower Workers’ Compensation Rates:
Top doctors in the study group say that employment drug testing provides far-reaching organizational and societal benefits, and promotes a safer, more productive workplace.
The pervasive opioid crisis is devastating America’s hard-working, middle class, and has become an imperative for health payers and employers to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how deeply this issue goes.
Statistics reveal these facts:
- Employees who abuse prescription drugs are:
- Two-to-five times more likely than others to take unexcused absences
- Late for work
- Get injured or act violently at work
- File Workers’ Compensation claims
- Quit or be fired within one year of employment.
By contrast, employees in recovery for substance abuse save their companies more than $3,200 a year, research indicates.
- Drug abuse costs U.S. business owners more than $140 billion annually
- 70% of the 14.8 million Americans who abuse drugs are employed
- Up to 20 percent of work-related fatalities test positive for drugs or alcohol
- 71 percent of U.S. employers say they have been affected by employee misuse of legally prescribed medications, including opioids
- Employees in organizations without drug testing programs have 30% to 40% higher self-reported past month drug use
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