The good news from a recent study is that opioid use in the workplace is actually going down. Unfortunately, employees continue to use marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine at alarming rates.
Employees testing positive for marijuana climbed from 2.4% in 2015 to 2.6% in 2016. Cocaine saw a jump of 12% in 2016 reaching a seven year high of 0.28% of the population up from 0.25% in 2015. Meth increased more than 8% in the workforce in 2016. Even though opioids on the decline, they are still being prescribed in record numbers and can lead to harder drugs.
This study was based on urine and saliva testing mainly. Even in states where marijuana is legal, it is still permissible for employees to test. Staffing firms should have strict drug testing policies in place, and be on the lookout for impairment during work hours.
If these trends continue, employers can expect to see major performance and safety issues, which in turn lead to workers’ comp injuries and higher worker’ comp premiums. LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.