New Study Reveals 200 Million People Use Illegal Drugs
January 11, 2012
According to Australia’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Center, over 200 million people throughout the world use illegal drugs. No surprise that marijuana was the leading drug used (an estimated 203 million people), followed by amphetamines, cocaine and opiates.
The study also estimates that of the 200 million users, 39 million are considered problematic users. And most of these drug users, whether problematic or not, live in developed countries, meaning a significant portion of them are either currently employed or seeking employment.
Why should employers care? Well, beyond the obvious of workplace incidents, illegal drug users cost employers billions of dollars a year due to soaring health care costs and sick days. And they don’t need to be a problematic drug users to cause these issues.
To help mitigate the risk associated with drug use, employers should consider establishing a substance abuse screening program as part of their overall employment screening strategy. For more information on how to establish a drug free workplace, check out the video below.