According to a recent article in The New York Times, drug overdose deaths are resurging in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, studies showed there was an increase of 5% in overdoses from 2018. This number has risen to 13% so far this year and if the trend continues, it will be the sharpest increase since 2016.
In light of these increasing numbers we wanted to share the importance of watching for substance abuse on the jobsite during these difficult times. Employees who use drugs at work not only put themselves in danger but those around them as well.
Not all job performance problems involve drug use, but recent studies show that the rising number of employees using drugs inevitably produces decreased performance and increased safety problems. Some of the signals that may indicate abuse affecting safety at the workplace include:
- Attendance problems. This includes chronic absenteeism, tardiness, and excessive use of sick leave
- Unsatisfactory performance or productivity shown. Poor quality work, increased errors and waste are all examples.
- Emotional and physical symptoms may include withdrawal, depression, confusion, loss of concentration, hand tremors, or an unsteady walking stride.
- Evidence of illegal substance use. For example, paraphernalia such as needles, foil wrappers, pipes, etc. and possession/sale of illegal drugs
- Accidents, near misses, or equipment breakdowns may result when violating established operating procedures.
- Involving physical contact, assaults and erratic or violent behavior.
Drugs and the workplace just don’t mix. Any of the above causes an employee to take a chance and we all know what can happen then. Accidents and injuries take a toll on all of us, so a drug free workplace is a safer workplace!
Alcohol is a drug too. Even though it is not illegal in society, it has no place on the job. Lack of coordination and poor judgment will make you accident prone. Approximately 23,000 people are killed in alcohol related highway accidents each year. Don’t drink on your way to or from the job. You’ll place yourself and others in harm’s way. We want to keep you alive and well. Each of us wants to work in a safe environment. Drug and alcohol use on the job is just not a smart thing to do. Make sure you do your part. Say no to both alcohol and drugs. Your life may depend on it!
USING ALCOHOL AND DRUGS WHILE DRIVING OR WORKING IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS! IF YOU DO DRINK OR USE DRUGS, DON’T DRIVE!
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