Drug Abuse and Unemployment
- Parent Category: Need to Know How to Stop an Addiction?
- Category: Drug Abuse United States
- Written by Stop Admin
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of unemployed persons increased to 8.8 million in April, raising the national unemployment rate to 6% and drug abuse and addiction is a major factor. In addition to this, 4.8 million persons working part-time positions preferred a full-time schedule, which was an increase of more than half a million over the previous year.
Though the American economy is at a low point, there is at least one "business" that continues to make money off the citizens of this great country; that is the legal and illicit drug trade.
With approximately 15 million current drug users in the United States, the supply will continue to meet the demand and havoc will continue to be wreaked on individuals and families. But how does this have anything to do with employment?
For starters, more than 70 percent of drug abusers are employed, and with that comes decreased production as well as increased costs and liabilities to businesses. Alcohol and drug abuse has been estimated to cost American businesses roughly 81 billion dollars in lost productivity in just one year ? 37 billion due to premature death and 44 billion due to illness. Of these combined costs, 86 percent are attributed to alcohol abuse.
The damage isn't caused to only large companies. In fact, 87 percent of full-time employed illicit drug users work for small- or medium-sized establishments (1 - 499 employees). This means that the damage caused by drug abuse in the workplace is greater to the overall production of the business in comparison to the larger companies.
Common sense and basic management knows that if a company is in normal operation then it should be expanding. Along with simple expansion comes making more money and hiring more employees. A business is like any other thing in that it is always in some type of condition and can never stay exactly the same. It is either getting better or worse from week to week based on the production statistics, gross income, number of employees and value of services delivered. So how can an organization improve its condition? One way is to increase productivity and efficiency by getting a handle on the drug abuse amongst employees.
Many companies now have Employee Assistance Programs (EAP's), which are designed to handle situations such as drug addiction by finding adequate solutions. EAP's for both large and small corporations continue to look for the most effective solution to such a problem and have turned to an organization called Narconon Arrowhead, which is a non-traditional drug rehabilitation and education center.