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Huntington Office
821 Sixth Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

Tel: (304) 529-4453
(800) 442-3926
Fax: (304) 529-4459

Charleston Office
337 12th Street
P.O. Box 845
Dunbar, WV 25064

Tel:(304) 766-1680
(800) 644-3212
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Columbus Office
1545 Bethel Road,
Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43220

Tel:(614) 410-3926
(888) 321-8382
Fax:(614) 410-3937


Substance Abuse Statistics
  • Studies show that alcohol and other drug users use three times as many sick days.
    - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

  • Drug users are absent from work an average of five days a month due to drug use.
    - U.S. Department of Labor

  • Drug and alcohol abuse in the workspace cause 65% of on-the-job accidents.
    - Department of Labor

  • Substance abusers are 10 times more likely to steal from the company or from other employees.
    - U.S. Department of Labor

  • Substance abusers use three times the normal level of employee health benefits and incur 300% higher medical costs.
    - U.S. Department of Labor

  • Thirty-eight percent to 50% of all workers' compensation claims are related to the abuse of alcohol or drugs in workplace.
    - U.S. Department of Labor

  • Drug-using employees are five times more likely to file a workers' compensation claim.
    - National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Statistics such as these prove that substance abuse in the workplace is an issue that employers need to address, but it is also an issue for witch there is an answer. Companies that began substance abuse testing programs experienced the following results.

  • A construction company with 60 employees reduced workers' compensation claims
    by $50,000.

  • A manufacture with 560 employees experienced a 30% to 35% decrease in industrial accidents.

  • An electric supply company with 150 employees experienced a 39% decrease in absenteeism and a 36% increase in productivity,

  • A study of the economic impact of substance abuse treatment in an Ohio company found a 91% decrease in absenteeism and an 88% decrease in problems with supervisors.
    - U.S. Department of Labor


  • A small plumbing company in Washington, D.C., saved $385,000 in one year by establishing a drug-free workplace program. The company attributed the savings to a decrease in the number of accidents, resulting in lower workers' compensation costs and lower vehicle insurance premiums. This company now has a waiting list of top-flight mechanics wanting to work in it's drug-free environment, saving the company a two-year training course has increased from 25% to 75%, resulting in a savings of $165,000.
    - U.S. Department of Labor.

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