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A smarter way to fight fires

Ben Franklin’s observation that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” originally referred to fire prevention. But nearly 300 years later, that wisdom is just as relevant in the context of the drug epidemic. And the stakes are every bit as high.

  • The US is facing a drug epidemic of epic proportions. Recent figures reveal that drug overdose death rate (more than 59,000 deaths in 2016) has far surpassed the peak death rate seen in the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.
  • In 2015, Pennsylvania ranked 4th in nation for rates of overdose death. But according to the DEA, 2016 has seen a nearly 37% increase in deaths over 2016 – quite possibly putting the Commonwealth at the top of the list for drug overdose deaths.
  • Addiction has proven to be an equal opportunity disease, taking the lives of all genders, ages, races, and ethnic groups. Anyone can become addicted.
  • Nearly 70% of illicit drug users are employed. Substance use in the workplace impacts the safety, productivity, health and well-being of all workers.

It’s easy to see how the impact of drug use on today’s workplace is just as potentially devastating as the fires that threatened Franklin-era Philadelphia. Drug abuse has permeated our workplaces to an astonishing degree. And it brings with it serious costs.

The Cost of Substance Abuse in the Workplace

  • 69% of Illicit Drug Users are Employed
  • 10-17% of employees are dependent on drugs and alcohol
  • Substance abuse in the workplace costs businesses $105 billion annually
  • Each alcohol or drug abuser costs a company up to $7,000 per year

All the right reasons

Whether motivated by personal, ethical, or practical considerations, management and ownership have compelling reasons to maintaining a drug-free workplace. Common reasons employers implement DFWP include:

  • To prevent hiring individuals who use illegal drugs
  • To maintain stable workforce by reducing employee turnover
  • To deter employees from abusing alcohol and drugs
  • To reduce the amount of damaged goods
  • To increase Productivity and Profitability
  • To protect the general public and instill consumer confidence
  • To reduce insurance premiums, claims & medical expenses
  • To reduce theft
  • To reduce workplace violence
  • To comply with State Laws and Federal Regulations
  • To provide a safe workplace for employees

With so many good reasons to tackle the issue – and such steep costs of not addressing it – how does drug use in the workplace continue to be a major issue? It’s not a lack of motivation. It’s a matter of establishing an effective program. In most cases, owners, managers and supervisors have expertise in their own respective fields – not in building and maintaining a drug-free program.

That’s where we come in. Establishing an effective program takes some basic knowledge and strong fundamentals. And Drug Free Workplace PA offers specialized training to give you and your organization just what you need to succeed.
Specialized for Supervisors and Employees, our training programs help your organization develop policies, trainings and actions aimed to:

  • Create a safe workplace
  • Educate and empower employees on alcohol and drug abuse
  • Discourage alcohol and drug abuse
  • Encourage treatment and recovery from substance abuse and Support a return to work of employees with such problems
  • Boost healthy lifestyles of employees and their families
  • Increase productivity and profitability

Supervisor Training Overview

Supervisor training is intended for owners of companies, CEO’s, Executives, HR Staff, Safety Officers and any other management serving a supervisory role. These individuals carry the responsibility of ensuring safety and health in the workplace, and without specialized training, a drug free workplace can be very hard to manage and regulate.

Supervisor TrainingOur Supervisor training is designed to educate employers on how to address employees in addiction and identifying signs and symptoms. It covers:

  • The organization’s DFWP Policy
  • Supervisor Responsibilities in Implementing Policy
  • Monitoring and Documenting Job Performance
  • Identifying employee Substance Abuse
  • Referring Employees to available Assistance
    • Supervisors are NOT expected to diagnose or counsel
    • However, Supervisors are Expected to Recognize and Address Job Performance Concerns

Supervisor training is available in a variety of options to suit your schedule and your organization. Choose from Online Courses – short 30-60 minute trainings, 60-90 minute webinars – 60-90 minutes in length and somewhat interactive, or In-Person Trainings –about 90 minutes long, very in-depth, with extensive Q&A. You may also customize your lessons to fit your company’s needs.

Employee Training Overview

Employee Training is essential to establishing and building a drug-free work environment. Broader in scope than Supervisor Training, our Employee Training covers the issues people face both on the work site and at home. Our training emphasizes awareness as the key to prevention – so our course is designed to raise awareness, give practical information and help empower employees to make better choices at work and at home.

Employees are also trained in scenarios including how to respond to incidents, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug use, how to help co-workers who struggle with addiction, and how to get help for themselves if they have a problem.

Employee Training Covers:

  • The organization’s DFWP Policy and Program
  • Employee Responsibilities in Following Policy
  • Education on Substance Abuse and Impact On:
    • Work Performance
    • Personal Health
    • Family Life
  • Family Educational Program

We offer employee training both on-site and online.

Employee onsite training

Most companies prefer on-site training to online training. Benefits to live sessions include better employee attendance and participation, a vital component to an effective drug free workplace program. These live trainings are much more interactive and allow time for in-depth question and answer sessions. Onsite courses can also be customized to the needs of your industry and your organization.

Employee online training

The benefit of online training is that participants can do it at their leisure and at their own pace. Our training is free, and the complete course takes 30-60 minutes.

The Bottom Line

So is the training worth it? Think of it this way. The problem won’t take care of itself, as this chart makes clear:

 

 

While the trends and numbers can be daunting, it’s important to remember the considerable upside to establishing a DFWP program. Just look at the numbers in this theoretical scenario:

 

It’s a significant number – all of which can go right to your bottom line. So if you haven’t established a DFWP program, now’s the time to take the next step from “hoping for the best” to “building toward success” – taking intentional action with proven results and ROI. Schedule training today, onsite or online. And start enjoying the benefits – financial, organizational and personal – of a drug-free workplace.