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According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), 70 percent of the estimated 14.8 million Americans who use illegal drugs are employed, and drug abuse costs employers an estimated $81 billion a year. NCADD notes that employees under the influence of drugs or alcohol “can cause expensive problems for business and industry, ranging from lost productivity, absenteeism, injuries, fatalities, theft, and low employee morale, to increases in health care costs, legal liabilities, and workers’ compensation costs.” In specific, according to NCADD, being under the influence on the job can lead to inconsistent work quality, poor concentration and lack of focus, lowered productivity or erratic work patterns, needless risk taking, and/or disregard for the safety of the self and others, leading to work-related accidents and injuries.

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