HRI’s new business partner, Aurico Reports, Inc., a leader in the field of pre-employment background screening, contributed the sobering facts below. Aurico Reports provides services nationally and internationally to Fortune 100 businesses and start-ups alike.
ANSWER: There are millions of drug abusers in the United States
According to the 2009 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) approximately:
• 14.8 million Americans admit to current illicit drug use;
• 36.0 million Americans admit to abusing prescription drugs in their lifetime;
• 12.9 million Americans aged 12 and older and 12.4 million adults admit to “heavy” drinking (5 or more drinks on at least 5 or more occasions in the past month); and
• 2.1 million Americans 12-20 years of age admit to being heavy drinkers.1
ANSWER: The Vast Majority of Adult Drug Users are Employed
According to the government’s annual Household Survey on Drug Abuse in America, more than three-quarters (76.4%) of all illicit drug users 18 and older are employed full or part time… that’s approximately 16% of the working population (full- and part-time workers combined).
ANSWER: Drug Testing Works According to Drug Users
According to a federal government study of full-time employees who admitted that they used illicit drugs, 40 percent said they were less likely to work for a company that conducted random drug testing and 30 percent said they were less likely to work for a company that conducted pre-employment drug testing
ANSWER: Substance abuse costs you money
500 million is the number of workdays lost annually due to alcoholism. Employees who use drugs cost their employers about twice as much in medical claims as do non-drug using employees.
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