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Is your company requiring drug testing Some of you may not like the procedure very much So whats the best possible attitude to have about this matter You can joke about it-thats ok You can grumble about it-thats natural But do you want your employer to change the company policy to stop the testing Heres what that would probably mean Firms that do not test these days tend to end up with a greater percentage of drug users since word gets around about which companies test and which do not This increases the chance that someone on your work team would be high and not able to maintain work quality safety and production levels A typical recreational drug user compared to a non-drug user in todays workforce is three times more likely to injure himself herself or another person in a workplace accident This means you may not be safe around such a co-worker no matter how careful you are The typical recreational drug user is 22 times more likely to request time off and 25 times more likely to have an absence of eight days or more during a year This means you may have to personally make up for whats not being done during that persons absence Drug users are 5 times more likely to file a workers compensation claim Just as your car insurance goes up when you have an accident your employers insurance costs may go up when many claims are filed This has an affect on company profits and potentially on your own wages or bonus Up to 40 of industrial fatalities and 47 of industrial injuries are related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism Workplace accident rates are two or three times higher than normal for alcoholics A recent survey of drug users who were seeking help in regard to their drug habits revealed 75 had
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