Agency looks to stem drug use in the workplace

Washington – The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is working with the business community to eliminate substance abuse in the workplace.

In a Feb. 4 blog posting, ONDCP stated that drug abuse in the United States costs $16 billion in health care costs and $129 billion in lost productivity each year. The agency called on businesses to establish alcohol- and drug-free workplace policies.

ONDCP points organizations to the following Department of Labor resources to assist in the creation of such a program:

  • Guidelines for creating an alcohol- and drug-free workplace program
  • Training and education materials
  • An overview of state and local regulations concerning when, where and how employers can establish workplace drug programs

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