Drugs Don’t Work

Is substance abuse a major issue for my business? YES!

  • 60% of the world’s production of illegal drugs is consumed in the U.S.
  • 77% of current illegal drug users are employed!
  • One third of employees know of the sale of illegal drugs in their workplace!

Substance abuse affect my bottom line? YES!

  • 38 – 50% of all Workers Comp claims are related to substance abuse.
  • Substance abusers have 300 % higher medical costs and benefits!
  • Drug and alcohol abusers are 1/3 less productive and 3.6 times more likely to injure themselves or a co-worker.
  • Substance abusers are 2.5 times more likely to have absences of 8 or more days each year.

Benefits of a Drug Free Workplace:

  • 7.5% discount on worker’s compensation premiums every year
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • 300% decrease in medical costs
  • Increased productivity
  • Higher morale among employees
  • Decrease in employee turnover
  • Cut Workers Comp claims in half
  • Reduce theft and other forms of crime in the workplace


STEP 1. Implementation of a substance abuse policy, which the program will provide

STEP 2. Substance Abuse Testing must be enforced under the following categories:

  • Pre-Employment
  • Reasonable Suspicion
  • Post Rehabilitation
  • Post-Accident

STEP 3. Employee Assistance Resources such as counseling and recovery groups, which are available at no cost through the program. 

STEP 4. Employee Education

  • 2 hours the first year; one hour thereafter
  • Training is easy through newsletters, seminars, and/or videos that the program will provide.

STEP 5. Supervisor Training

  • 2 hours the first year; one hour thereafter
  • Training is easy through newsletters, seminars, and/or videos that the program will provide.

Drugs Don’t Work is a program designed to strengthen the Dunwoody business climate by reducing worker compensation costs. This is accomplished through Dunwoody businesses becoming certified drug-free workplaces, which then allows them to qualify for a 7.5% discount on their worker’s compensation insurance.


Role of the Chamber:

Your $75 Annual Investment (determine fees) entitles you to the following:

  • One-year subscription to the English version “Drug-Free Workplace” employee training newsletter – this monthly newsletter meets your annual one hour employee education requirement without incurring loss of payroll and productivity while employees stop work to attend training
  • Supervisor & Employee Training DVD – meets 1 hr. training requirement
  • Supervisor training newsletter – meets 1  hr. Supervisor training requirement.
  • Template of Employee Assistance Providers in your area – meets EAP and treatment center list requirement.
  • Annual reminders to renew your certification to ensure you don’t lose your 7.5% discount.
  • Email template with Fill-in-the-blanks substance abuse policy, employee certificate of agreement and supervisor worksheets – meets all requirements of Georgia law.
  • Drug Free Workplace poster, window and door stickers – required by Georgia law.
  • Free legal updates on policy changes.
  • Onsite drug testing kits at a discounted rate.
  • Drug free workplace consultation from our drug free workplace experts at no charge.
  • Assistance in completing the Application for Certification, along with a step-by-step guide and instruction sheet.
  • Drugs Don’t Work stickers for hard hats, vehicles, etc. at no charge.

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