Drug Addiction in the Workplace

Drug addiction ruins the lives of everyone it touches. And it’s not just the addict who suffers; friends, family and co-workers often pay the price for the addict’s behavior. For employers, this price tag can be a hefty one, thanks to on-the-job injuries, lost productivity, absenteeism and other factors.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employees who abuse substances are 25 to 30 percent less productive and miss work three times more often than non-abusing employees. Drug addiction in the workplace also results in significantly higher safety risks, with 65 percent of all accidents on the job related to drug or alcohol use. In fact, 10 to 20 percent of all U.S. workers who die on the job test positive for drugs or alcohol. Knowing the signs of addiction can help you combat the negative effects of drug addiction in the workplace.

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More Finance Executives Seeking Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment centers are seeing an influx of financial executives as the economic downturn takes a toll on personal and professional lives, Reuters reported March 24.

“We absolutely do see more people coming in naming either a job loss or huge financial reversals or big investments with Bernie Madoff,” said Sigurd Ackerman, medical director at the Silver Hill Hospital rehabilitation facility in New Canaan, Conn. Ackerman said professionals were being admitted with depression, addiction problems, or both.

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