Drug Testing Works According to Drug Users
According to a federal government study of full-time employees who admitted that they used illicit drugs, 40% said they were less likely to work for a company that conducted random drug testing, and 30% said they were less likely to work for a company that conducted pre-employment drug testing.
Drug Testing Saves Money
The US Navy claims that its drug-free workplace program, which includes random drug testing and costs approximately $20 million a year, has reduced the number of sailors who use drugs and abuse alcohol by more than 57%. That equates to a savings of more than $210 million every year. In other words, the Navy claims it realizes a savings of approximately $10 for every dollar it spends on drug testing.
Try this two-step formula to calculate your return on investment (ROI) in drug testing and see how much you can save.
Step 1: Multiply the number of employees at your company by the percentage you think have a substance abuse problem, then multiply that number by the average cost per year for each drug abuser on your payroll to determine the cost of substance abuse at your company.
______________% of your workforce that uses drugs (national average is 17%)
X ______________ Multiplied by the total number of employees at your company
X ______________ Average cost per year for each drug abuser (national average is $6,600)
= $___________ Cost of substance abuse at your company
Step 2: Subtract the total amount that you pay for drug testing each year from the answer you just got calculating the cost of substance abuse at your company.
______________ Cost of substance abuse at your company
- ______________ Cost of drug testing at your company
= $___________ This figure represents your return on investment in drug testing.
Regardless of what numbers you use to complete the formula, your ROI for drug testing will be dramatic in comparison to the relatively small amount you spend on drug testing.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Volume I. Office of Applied Studies, NHSDA Series H-17, DHHS Publication No. SMA 02-3758. Rockville, MD; 2002.
Current, WF. In Favor of a Drug-Free Workplace: Why Drug Testing? Coral Springs, FL; 1999