Occupational alcoholism and drug use are serious problems among America’s workforce, leading to major expenses and issues ranging from low employee morale and absenteeism to lost productivity, theft, injuries and even fatalities. Costs associated with alcohol abuse in the workplace alone range anywhere between $33 billion and $68 billion per year, studies show. Faced with this problem, a growing number of businesses are introducing mandatory workplace drug and alcohol testing by enrolling the help of industry leader Lifeloc Technologies, Inc. (OTC: LCTC).
Of the approximately 142.63 million people employed in the U.S. as of September 2015, about 14 million are alcoholics. A factsheet from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (http://nnw.fm/4DmZg) shows that roughly 6.6 percent of full-time employees are frequent and heavy drinkers, having had five or more drinks at once during more than five occasions within the last 30 days. Of current adult illegal drug users aged 18 to 49, 70% are employed full-time, the NCADD data also shows.
Alcohol and drug abuse can be a major financial burden for employees and businesses, both in terms of higher health care costs, workers’ compensation and legal liabilities, as well as in lost productivity, absenteeism, injuries on the job, fatal accidents and more. Additional problems may include tardiness and sleeping on the job, poor decision making, loss of efficiency, reduced job performance and even having trouble with co-workers or supervisors. Some of the jobs ad industries with increased occupational alcoholism rates and alcohol-related deaths include bartenders, shoe machine operators, roofers, painters, cooks, sailors and construction workers.
According to NCADD statistics, alcohol and drug testing as part of the hiring process remains the most common method used by employers to identify candidates with a substance abuse problem. Only about one quarter of workers interviewed reported random testing on the job, while 30% mentioned testing upon suspicion and 29% mentioned testing after an incident.
Lifeloc Technologies comes to the aid of all businesses and industries with a wide range of DOT and NHTSA approved, high-precision alcohol and drug testing solutions, whether for pre-employment, random, post-accident, return-to-duty or stand-down testing. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, the company offers complete alcohol and drug testing solutions, including handheld breath testing instruments for screening and confirmation, as well as training, supplies and consultations to guide customers through all aspects of setting up alcohol and drug testing programs in the workplace. Two of Lifeloc’s most popular products for workplace alcohol testing, the Phoenix 6.0 Bluetooth and the EV30, are based on proprietary technology and are guaranteed to give accurate and reliable readings.
A global leader in the breath alcohol testing industry, Lifeloc offers a complete range of evidential breath testers and portable breath alcohol testers to markets such as law enforcement, schools, corrections, and workplace. Its products are also recognized and distributed internationally through a complex global network of specialists that also offer consultation, support and service.
For more information, visit www.Lifeloc.com
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