New stats on drug use in the workplace
Marijuana on the job
The study found that 10% of workers said they’ve come to work high on marijuana.
And it isn’t just because some states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana: 81% said they obtained the weed illegally.
But the study also found that 94% of workers would be “highly” unlikely” to use marijuana at work.
Furthermore, 3% of workers admitted to coming to work high on other illegal drugs, though 96% of people said they would be “highly unlikely” to take illegal drugs at work.
Prescription drug use
A little over 28% of employees admitted to coming to work under the influence of prescription drugs, though 93% said the drugs were for medical reasons, and almost 95% said the drugs were prescribed by a doctor.
But this means some of these prescription drug users are taking the pills for recreational use.
See the signs
Signals indicating someone is high on the job can vary, but spotting the signs is very important to the safety of your workplace.
Look for sudden changes in workers’ behavior, like missing more work than usual, sudden lack of care for personal hygiene, overreacting to criticism and increased productivity.
What can you do
A drug policy that’s in check with any recent changes to weed laws in your state is your best defense. Taking these steps can also help:
- Have an attorney review your policy and see if it measures up to state and federal laws
- Review the drug policy and pay special attention to the marijuana use section. Is it clear about company expectations regarding employee impairment, marijuana use and termination?
- Work with HR and managers on drug policy changes – what to do if a worker fails a drug test or if an employee has a medical marijuana prescription, and
- Talk to your employees about the new changes in policy.
For more on drug abuse on the job, check out a training shop on the topic at www.SafetyComplianceAlert.com
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