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Drug Free Workforce for a Better Community

Posted by Rita Martin

 

We have a problem…..a social, economical, health crisis in our community led by substance abuse. By not fighting drug use within the community, are we condoning it? Drug abuse has become an overwhelming problem. As a Drug and Alcohol Testing company we see many of the devastating results when people choose drugs over health, family and overall wellbeing. It may start with difficult challenges with health, leading to overuse of a prescription. Peer pressure, gateway drugs, and overwhelming stressful situations are other common causes addictive personalities progress to stronger substances. This is generally always followed by an inability to pull themselves out of a path of destruction without intervention. Drug abusers unchecked, will lose their children, jobs, home, connection to other family members, a financial burden to society or find themselves homeless on the streets.

Finding drug free workers has become a huge task for businesses and industries of any size. In so much as they may choose not to do pre-hire testing. In choosing not to secure a drug free workforce, businesses are unwittingly allowing our society to fail. It lowers, productivity, efficiency, safety, adding to higher insurance, ill health, and loss of revenue. If an employee is not tested and is aware of no plan in place for random testing once hired…. “what could possibly be the consequences of a one time indiscretion?” Just like allowing a “one too many” social drinker behind the wheel, putting their and other’s lives in jeopardy, so is a social drug user headed down a slippery slope to destruction. Society, our community is then left with picking up the pieces of broken lives and families tossed into chaos.

What if, we took steps to help our community be proactive in the fight against drug abuse? What could we as a single person, couple or family do? We could start one household at a time by staying clear of drug use and inspiring and mentoring others to do the same. We could insist that any company that does in-service home, work or repair, employ a drug free workforce. Frequent stores and businesses that prominently display they maintain a DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE. They can hire drug free, but wouldn’t you want to be assured the work person coming into your home is held to a higher standard? Maintaining drug free, takes random testing. It seals the deal, in that, it is less likely employees will jeopardize their employment by abusing alcohol and drugs. Insist on a drug free workforce.


 

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