Illicit Drug Use Up Among the US Workforce

Recent statistics suggest that more American workers are being exposed for illicit drug use. In fact, numbers suggest that the amount of people engaged in illicit drug use has risen over the last two years. This comes after statistics regarding illicit drug use had shown a decline for nearly 25 years.

Here’s what Kansas City employers need to know about the uptick in workplace drug use, courtesy of The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index (DTI).

Illicit Drug Use in the Workforce

2014 Report on Illicit Drug Use

Employees who engage in illicit drug use seem to choose marijuana over other substances. Researchers think that the rise in marijuana use among workers may be a result of the decriminalization of the drug in many states. Despite marijuana use being legal in some places, many workers don’t seem to realize that their employer may still prohibit use of the drug even if that drug use happens when the worker is not on duty.

Illicit drug use is not restricted to marijuana. Other commonly used substances include amphetamines, oxycodones and benzodiazepines. Some of these are prescription medications, and as long as the employee who tested positive can prove they have a prescription they typically are not penalized for having the drug in their system.

What Employers Can Do

Employers tend to prefer a sober workforce. It makes the workplace safer, and it lessens their liability should an accident occur. Perhaps the best way to ensure that illicit drug use is not affecting the safety of their operations is for employers to institute a drug free workplace policy. When this policy is backed up by random drug testing it’s possible to protect the workplace and the organization.

ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North can help your workplace design and implement a drug testing program that includes a random component as well as testing for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, and other common drugs of abuse. We are able to conduct urine, hair, nail, or saliva drug testing based on your desired windows of detection and other needs.

To learn more about our services, call (816) 875-0464 today.

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