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Here are some actions employers can take to make drug and alcohol abuse prevention work:

  • Announce that prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems is a major company focus and that you expect everyone to take part in the effort.
  • Be aware of the potential risks that alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems pose for any business or organization: increased absenteeism, tardiness, and use of sick leave and health services; higher insurance and Workers’ Compensation costs; more injuries, fatalities, and thefts; lover productivity and product quality; reduced employee morale; and higher employee turnover.
  • Be aware of the connection between alcohol and other drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Using alcohol and other drugs can lead to unplanned and unprotected sex. Many drugs, including alcohol and tobacco products, also interfere with the body’s immune system.
  • Fully explain the benefits and procedures of your drug-free workplace program or policy to all employees.
  • Host alcohol-free events, emphasizing the company commitment to preventing injury or death associated with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use as well as drinking and driving.
  • Sponsor or help with prevention services in your community that would benefit your employees and their families (e.g., become part of your community’s SAFE coalition).
  • Include prevention/healthy lifestyle articles in your company materials.
  • Consider formulating a company performance standard that encourages community involvement to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems as part of an ongoing commitment to making the community a better place in which to live and do business.
  • Appoint a company representative to serve on and support any alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention-oriented partnerships in your area. Make sure the appointee is willing to accept this responsibility and to model healthy and positive choices him or herself.
  • Take a comprehensive approach to prevention efforts. Serve as a leader, supporter, or active participant in community-based efforts to prevent any alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use by youth.
  • Encourage and support employees and their family members to ask for help for an alcohol, tobacco, or other drug problem. Treatment is more cost-effective than incurring potential safety problems and lost productivity due to drug-related problems.
  • Be a positive role model consistent with your message to your employees. Do not engage in any illegal, unhealthy, or dangerous any alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.


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