Substance Abuse and Safety
Substance abuse costs employers billions of
dollars a year in accidents and injuries, lost
productivity, and property and equipment
damage. From a worker perspective, working
with someone who is under the influence of
drugs or alcohol puts co-workers in danger
and generally has a negative effect on their
morale and job performance.
Addiction is the irresistible compulsion to
use alcohol or drugs despite the negative
consequences their use can cause.
Substance abuse is the legal or illegal,
recreational or addictive misuse of illegal
drugs, over the counter or prescription
drugs, or alcohol.