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Free Drug-Free Workplace Kit Available

By May 15, 2008

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A drug-free workplace kit, designed for businesses large or small, provides information, resources and tools for creating and maintaining drug-free workplace policies and programs. The kit is available free of charge from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

"Almost 75 percent of current illicit drug users and 79 percent of heavy drinkers aged 18 or older are employed," said SAMHSA Administrator Terry L. Cline, PhD, in a news release. "We want to help employers understand there are some very simple steps they can take to prevent these problems and assist employees in need of help. This kit is good for their businesses and good for the health and safety of their employees."

Resources for Employers

The kit provides employer's with the following:

  • Explains to employers how to protect and prepare the workplace, identify substance abuse related-issues and provide prevention education and assistance to employees.

  • Discusses the legal aspects of developing a drug-free workplace.

  • Explains how to build a team, assess the workplace, and plan and implement a program.

  • Provides guidance on setting up a system for evaluating the workplace program.

"This kit is based on tested, practical strategies," said Dr. Cline. "It provides guidance on establishing and maintaining a drug-free workplace that promotes wellness, safety and productivity."

Costly and Dangerous Problem

"Results from workplace drug tests nationwide indicate that significant progress is being made in reducing drug use among the American workforce," said White House "Drug Czar" John P. Walters. "But there is still much to be done. Substance abuse is costly and dangerous for American businesses, employees, and consumers, costing businesses estimated billions of dollars a year. Employers of all sizes should take advantage of the multiple opportunities and resources, like this kit, to educate their workforce on the negative consequences of substance abuse."

The kit contains nine pullout brochures, 13 fact sheets, a bumper sticker, and two 18 by 24-inch posters for display in workplaces.

The kit is free and available in print and online versions. Up to five printed copies can be ordered by calling 1-877-726-4727 or the kit can be downloaded online.

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