Suicidal Thoughts Linked to Illegal Drug Use: What Can Employers Do?

Test Smartly Labs knows how much employers care for the mental and physical health of their employees. As an employer, did you know that illegal drug use can adversely affect a person’s mental wellbeing as much as their physical welfare?

A 2014 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) concluded that adults who abuse illegal drugs have higher rates of suicidal thoughts than non-users. SAMHSA concluded, from data collected in their 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, that drug use has a very serious negative impact on an abuser’s mental health.

The Link between Drug Use and Mental Health

Suicidal Thoughts Greater Among Drug Users

SAMHSA’s study showed that only 4% of the U.S. adult population had seriously considered suicide. That number more than doubles to 9.4% when you add in adults who abuse illegal substances.

Even more revealing, the instance of suicidal thoughts depends on the type of illegal drug being used. For example, only 9.6% of adult marijuana users showed serious thoughts of suicide, while an astonishing 20.9% of adults addicted to opioids and other sedatives reported suicidal tendencies.

How Can Employers Help Prevent Thoughts of Suicide among Employees?

Along with introducing effective workplace wellness programs and providing outlets for employee stress reduction, companies can also help prevent or alleviate suicidal thoughts among their employees by requiring regular drug screening.

Testing employees for illegal drug use not only helps protect the health and safety of your workplace, but it also allows an employer to get their employees the help they need to overcome illegal drug abuse. Employees battling addiction and suicidal thoughts often require support and encouragement before they are willing to pursue treatment. Implementing regular drug tests can be that first necessary push that demonstrates to drug users they have a problem while simultaneously presenting a solution.

Stop Employee Drug Use Today

Are you ready to fight back against drug abuse in your workplace? Test Smartly Labs will help you plan and implement a drug-free workplace policy. We’ll provide wellness program assistance as well as reliable, quick, and confidential drug testing. Keep drugs out of your workplace and protect your employees’ mental and physical health.

IF YOU OR YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE, CALL (816) 800-9699 OR CONTACT TEST SMARTLY LABS TODAY. WE PROVIDE CONFIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS AT ANY OF OUR 5 GREATER KANSAS CITY AREA LOCATIONS.

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