If we reduce the extent of America’s drug problem, it will play a direct role in helping to make the United States more competitive.

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Employees in the manufacturing sector that abuse drugs and alcohol threaten their colleagues and clients, and also America's ability to produce quality products and services.

FACT #1 - “Drug abuse is worse than ever… we are seeing a lot of prescription drug abuse as well as meth abuse ….”

- Multi-location U.S. Manufacturer

Federal Government surveys reveal that workplace substance abuse is a significant problem in both the non-durable and durable goods sectors of the manufacturing industry. Roughly 15% of workers in both sectors admit to having used illicit drugs. Historical attempts to manage workplace drug abuse such as interdiction, education, employee assistance programs and traditional urine-based pre-employment drug testing have proven to be largely ineffective.
Random testing, when properly and consistently deployed, has proven to be the singularly effective deterrent to workplace drug abuse. Lack of deployment to date appears to be the reluctance on the part of senior management to implement a random program, as surveys indicate that most employees are in favor of random drug testing.


• Manufacturing industry traditionally draws heavily from the pool of 18- to 34-year-old job seekers, a segment of the American population that is at the heart of a nationwide increase in illegal drug use (U.S. DOL)

• 15% of employees in manufacturing abuse drugs (DHHS)

• 33% of businesses fail due to employee theft (DOC)

• 77% of illicit drug abusers are employed (DHHS)

• Drug abusers are absent up to 10x more than non-abusers (U.S. DHHS)

• Drug abusers affect employee turnover by up to 30% (U.S. DHHS)

• 70% of all arrestees test positive for drug abuse or have a history involving drug abuse (DAWN)

Category Current Illicit Drug Use (%) Past Year Illicit Drug Use (%) Current Heavy Alcohol Use (%)
Electrical Machinery 5.6 10.3 2.7
Lumber and Wood Products 8.9 15.8 12.0
Machinery 6.7 12.7 7.3
Metal Industries 6.8 21.4 10.0
Professional Equipment 7.7 16.0 7.3
Transportation Equipment 4.8 13.4 8.2
Category Current Illicit Drug Use (%) Past Year Illicit Drug Use (%) Current Heavy Alcohol Use (%)
Apparel Products 6.8 11.5 3.8
Chemical Products 3.6 9.6 9.5
Food Products 10.3 18.4 8.3
Paper Products 8.0 12.7 5.3
Printing and Publishing 11.7 24.6 7.2
Rubber and Plastic Products 2.5 11.5 4.1
Textile Products 3.9 10.2 6.1
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