Facts & Stats

For Employers

 

Many employers require drug testing as part of their pre-employment assessment process, and may include periodic random drug testing and for-cause and post-accident drug and alcohol testing as part of their company’s workplace substance abuse program. Nearly 75% of all adult illicit drug users are employed, as are most binge and heavy alcohol users1 and problems related to alcohol and drug abuse cost American businesses roughly $81 billion in lost productivity yearly.

Government studies reveal that 1 out of every 6 workers has a problem and show that drug abusers on average:
  • Cost employers $15,000 annually per employee

  • Cost companies 300% more in medical costs and benefits

  • Admitted selling drugs to co-workers

  • Admitted stealing from employers

Most states offer a reduction in worker’s compensation rates for employers who adhere to a Drug-Free Workplace Policy. The benefits of a Drug-Free Workplace program include:
  • Increased productivity

  • Increased employee morale

  • Safer work environment

  • Reduction in Worker’s Compensation rates

  • Reduction in health care rates

  • Reduced turnover and absenteeism

On average, drug abusers are absent up to 20 times more often than their abstaining co-workers.

Drug abusers are 1/3 less productive than their abstaining co-workers.

For Schools & Parents

 

From peer pressure to looking for a way to deal with family and life challenges, Drug and alcohol use by teens is a growing problem. From looking for a way to cope with family and life challenges to every day peer pressure—teens are making bad choices and are suffering from drug and alcohol abuse.

Some children begin abusing drugs as young as 12 or 13. Statistics show:

  • 10.9% of 8th graders, 23.9% of 10th graders and 32.4% of 12th graders use marijuana.

  • 15.4% of 12th graders have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Vicodin continues to be abused at high levels.

  • 2.7% of 8th graders, 7.2% of 10th graders and 9.6% of 12th graders had abused Vicodin.

  • 1.8% of 8th graders, 3.9% of 10th graders and 5.2% of 12th graders had abused OxyContin for non-medical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed.

The short list of the sign and symptoms of drug/alcohol use includes:

  • Behavioral issues

    • Changes in relationships with family members or friends

    • Mood changes or emotional instability

    • Withdrawal or depression; uncommunicative mood

    • Periods of sleeplessness or high energy, followed by long periods of sleeping

  • Absenteeism or loss of interest in school or extracurricular activities

  • Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or home

  • Disappearance of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as alcohol or money

  • Personal appearance, habits or action changes

    • Poor hygiene and personal care

    • Track marks on arms or legs

    • Frequently breaking curfew

    • Using over-the-counter eye reddening washes and/or breath mints and gum more frequently

Opioids accounted for 65% of suicides amongst 15-19 year olds in 2015

Contact us at (901) 320-9295 to learn more about how we can help you!

Mid-South Drug Testing is your complete ONE source testing partner. What sets us apart from other drug and alcohol testing companies is that we are committed to helping you make your company a substance-abuse-free facility, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • On-site testing available

  • Helpful analysis of results

  • Customized employee training and materials

  • Complete confidentiality

  • Competitive pricing

Services

  • Substance Abuse Testing

  • Toxic Exposure Testing

  • Poison/Toxic Testing

With over 20 years of experience in the drug testing industry, Mid-South Drug Testing has successfully served the communities of Tennessee, Northeastern Arkansas, and North Mississippi. Our services include: individual, employment, federal, court-ordered, and school drug testing; DNA testing; background checks; employee and management training and education.

Methods

  • Urine

  • Saliva

  • Hair

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