This year’s annual observance of the National Drug-Free Work Week is October 14 through 19. The purpose of this yearly public awareness campaign is to educate employers, employees and the general public on the importance of being drug-free and to encourage workers with alcohol and drug problems to seek help.
Drug use in the workplace costs the United States billions of dollars every year in lost productivity, increased health problems and workplace accidents. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), nearly 7% of adults employed full-time and 9% of those employed part-time currently use illegal drugs. In fact, more than 60% of adults know someone who has come to work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
The National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance (NDWA) is dedicated to the prevention of substance abuse and collaborates with other organizations in activities that educate and encourage a safe work environment. You can help by spreading the word to encourage individual workplaces to conduct activities designed to educate and encourage a safe, drug-free, healthy work environment – reflecting the true spirit of Drug Free Work Week.
Visit the NDWA website to learn more.
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