Employers: Have You Hired a Drug User?

We’re talking to you. If you’re in charge of hiring at a small/medium-sized organization or larger, statistically, you’ve most likely employed a drug user. How do we know? Well, because an astonishing number of drug users are reportedly employed.

Seriously – Could a Drug User be Working for Me?

Yes – seriously. A moderate percentage of full- and part-time workers have been under the influence at work.. Which means that somebody out there isn’t performing background screenings or drug and alcohol testing for pre-employment. And actually, a lot of somebodies out there aren’t following proper protocols when it comes to keeping a drug-free workplace. According to a study released by SAMHSA in 2015:

Combined data from 2008 to 2012 indicate that an annual average of 8.7 percent of full-time workers aged 18 to 64 used alcohol heavily in the past month, 8.6 percent used illicit drugs in the past month, and 9.5 percent were dependent on or abused alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year.

How to Prevent Hiring a Drug User

You might think that you’ve got a pretty good radar up when it comes to spotting a drug user. And sometimes that might be accurate. Looking for certain clues in appearance or mannerisms might give it away. A call to an applicant’s references is also a good way to tell. But until you’ve sent the applicant for proper drug and alcohol screening, you will never really know. Luckily, our five Kansas City metro-area drug testing facilities can help.

Pre-Screening Applicants for drugs & alcohol

Before you even make that job offer, have your employees tested for drug use. DOT-compliant businesses are required do this, but if you’re in an organization where it’s “optional,” seriously think about incorporating this practice into your standard hiring practices. It can protect you from loss of productivity. It can reduce your worker’s comp claims. It also limits your liability. An affordable drug test from Test Smartly Labs for your future employee is a very wise investment.

Screening Employees for Drugs & Alcohol

Once you’ve hired an individual, it doesn’t mean you still can’t screen for drug and alcohol use. Implement a drug-free workplace policy. Inform employees that screening will be taking place and continued employment is dependent on taking the test. Test Smartly Labs also offers on-site testing so we can come to you.

It might initially seem like a hassle to get employees screened for drugs and alcohol but statistics show it’s well worth it.

TEST SMARTLY LABS OFFERS ACCURATE AND CONFIDENTIAL DRUG TESTING SOLUTIONS. IF YOUR BUSINESS IS IN NEED OF DRUG TESTING, PLEASE CONTACT TEST SMARTLY LABS TODAY OR CALL (816) 800-9699.

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