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The problem

The Case For CAP

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      n the workplace, decisions are made based on a cost-benefit analysis. What does it cost to action something, versus the cost of doing nothing? In the case of hiring and maintaining quality employees, today's drug crisis has practically immobilized workplaces' ability to fill employee ranks. Many employers throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond can’t find job candidates who can pass pre-employment drug tests. Additionally, if current employees test positive for a prohibited substance, employers feel they have few options other than terminating one’s employment. It’s a tough situation for employers because they may have to separate ways with an otherwise promising job applicant or hard-working and loyal employee.

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     n Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Roy Maurer, September 9, 2020, writes in “Positive Workplace Hit 16-Year High”: “U.S. workers tested positive for drug use in 2019 at the highest rate since 2003, according to annual drug test results compiled by Quest Diagnostics…Positive test results have been steadily rising since 2011, and experts believe the 2020 data will show even higher rates, due to the coronavirus pandemic.” Caroline Fairchild in the HuffPost, December 6, 2017, reports “U.S. Job Seekers Test Positive for Drugs at Highest Rate since 2007, Study Finds”: “Job applicants are testing positive for drugs at rates not seen since 2007; …the rate of positive results for pre-employment urine screening increased by 5.7% since 2011.” 

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    t has also been clearly established that seeking new candidates to fill positions is much more time-consuming and financially draining than retaining long-term employees who they know struggle. We see the associated costs of running advertisements for vacant positions, background checks, drug-testing, retraining, open positions resulting in lowered production, and spreading the burden on others. Annie Miller, in Investopedia, July 24, 2021, in “The Cost of Hiring a New Employee” reports: “In its 2016 Human Capital Benchmarking Report, the Society for Human Resource Management, estimated that companies spend an average of 42 days to fill a position and $4,129 per hire.”

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     he overall costs to the U.S. with just prescription drug abuse alone are staggering: In Healthline, Gigen Mammosar, August 14, 2017, in “Why Are So Many Job Applicants, Employees Failing Drug Tests?” writes: “According to the New York Times, a federal study conservatively estimated that prescription opioid abuse cost the U.S. economy nearly $80 billion in 2013.”

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     ubstance abuse is a money disease; it takes cold, hard cash to buy drugs and alcohol to continually “dose” oneself. I’ve always said: “In the life of the substance abuser, the job is always the last to go!” This is because the substance abuser needs the income to support their habit all the while easily duping those around them into thinking that, despite absenteeism, tardiness, mistakes, defensive attitudes, and excuses, the problem is not theirs. Welcome to the world of the substance abuser!

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      earn more about substance abuse and how your company, through our CAP, can get unstuck and back on track, efficiently hiring and maintaining a drug-free work environment.  Call: 330-419-3416 and ask for Margie Roop.

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