Substance Abuse Workplace Statistics

Today, no business, regardless of its size, type, or location, is immune to the many evils that substance abuse can cause.  The majority of substance abusers are employed and do not leave their problems at home!

  • Alcohol continues to be the most widely abused legal substance among working adults.

  • Individuals who abuse alcohol are more likely to have changed employers 3 or more times in the past year, and it is estimated that alcoholism causes 500 million lost workdays annually.

  • Nearly 40% of industrial fatalities and 47% of industrial injuries can be linked to alcohol consumption & alcoholism. 

  • Marijuana is the number one illegal substance among working adults, followed by Cocaine and Crystal Methamphetamine

  • 77% of all current illicit drug users are employed.

  • Drug abuse in the workplace breeds drug dealers in the workplace.

  • Substance abusers account for increased absenteeism, job injuries, and lower productivity, and disagreement with co-workers and supervisors. 

  • Substance abuse cost American businesses over $100 billion annually.

  • Substance abusers are 5 times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim.

  • More than 60% of adult workers know someone who has reported for work under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • A substance abuser will function at about 67% of his or her capacity.

Substance abuse means higher costs to your Company through:

  • Sick leave

  • Overtime pay

  • Insurance claims

  • Tardiness

  • Workers’ compensation

  • Damaged equipment

  • Friction among employees

  • Poor decision making

  • Damage to the company’s public image

  • Employee turnover

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