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Drug Testing Programs Can Increase the Efficiency and Productivity of Your Organization

There are a variety of reasons to test employees for illegal drug use.  Many companies screen potential employees as part of their onboarding process.  This preventative act, when coupled with on-going random testing may help keep troublemakers out of the workplace.  Of course, screening for illegal drugs is always a good follow-up for accidents or if there is some sort of cause for suspicion.

The Impact of Illegal Drug Use

Illegal drug use may be having a much greater impact on your workplace than you realize.  The American Council for Drug Education has released these recent statistics:

  • More than 70% of substance abusers hold jobs
  • 25% of workers, ages 18-34, used drugs in the past year
  • 33% of workers know of drug sales in the workplace
  • Substance abusers are 10 times more likely to miss work, 5 times more likely to file a worker’s compensation claim, and 33% less productive on the job

Reducing Workplace Accidents and Improving Safety

Drug testing can be an effective way to reduce workplace accidents and improve safety.  Following the implementation of drug testing at the Southern Pacific Railroad, accidents resulting in injuries dropped from 2,234 in the year before drug testing was introduced, to just 322 in the first half of the fourth year of the drug-testing program.  Annualized, this represents a 71.2 percent decrease in accidents. The Southern Pacific Railroad study is indicative of the impact that drug testing can and does have on accident rates among companies of all sizes, representing virtually every industry.

CAI’s Partners Provide Drug Screening Services to CAI Members at Discounted Rates

To provide our members with the best services and most possible options, CAI has partnered with two drug testing firms.  For years our partners have worked diligently to provide the most accurate and cost-effective drug testing services possible to thousands of clients nationwide. They offer a variety of drug testing options to best suit your company's needs.

Our partners can serve companies who hire both locally and nationally, ensuring that all employees are screened in a uniform manner.  With over 11,000 collection sites nationwide and a new Instant On-Site Oral Fluid Test, service is easily accessible to any company or employee in the country. You will also be pleased to know that our partners are nationally accredited by the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA).

CAI entered into these partnerships to provide you with the most accessible and affordable substance abuse management programs in the country. Through these agreements, CAI has secured a significant discount for our clients who wish to add drug testing to their current program.

To learn more about how a drug-free workplace program can benefit your organization contact Kevin von der Lippe at 336.668.7746 or kevin.vonderlippe@capital.org.