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Drug Abuse in the Workplace [Photo Gallery]

The fact that some people use substances such as alcohol or illicit drugs, or that some people misuse prescription drugs is not new. The awareness that the abuse of substances may affect the workplace just as the workplace may affect substance abuse is, however, increasing in acceptance.

Estimates place the cost of workplace drug use of both legal and illicit substances at $81 billion per year. Seventy percent of people using illegal substances are employed, and many carry over their illegal drug use into the workplace.

Many aspects of the workplace today require alertness and accurate and quick reflexes. An impairment to these qualities can cause serious accidents, and interfere with the accuracy and efficiency of work.

See Also: Drug Abuse Costs Employers $81 Billion Per Year

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