Drugs Don't Work Program: The Affect of Drugs in Georgia
Think drugs in Georgia don't affect you as a business executive? You might want to think again. Drug use in your business costs money, customers and lost productivity! Consider these facts*:
- 38-50% of workers' compensation claims are related to substance abuse.
- Substance abusers file 3-5 times more workers' comp claims.
- Substance abusers have 300% higher medical costs/benefits.
- Substance abusers are 2.5 times more likely to be absent from work.
- 77% of adult drug users are employed.
On the flip side, having a drug-free workplace helps:
- Reduce medical costs and lost productivity
- Lower employee turnover and reduce absenteeism
- Protect loyal employees
The Drugs Don't Work Program: 7.5%* Discount on Workers' Comp Premiums
The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce provides the Drugs Don't Work program at a cost of $50 annually to provide the necessary tools to empower business owners to maintain a drug-free workplace. Enrollment and certification through the Drugs Don't Work program can also help lower workers' compensation premiums.
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To obtain drug free workplace certification and qualify for the 7.5% discount on your workers' compensation premiums, you must complete the following steps:
Drugs Don't Work Simplified Check List:
- Institute a substance abuse policy. The program provides English and Spanish translations.
- Conduct drug testing. Not all employees are required to be tested, however, pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, and post-accident testing are required. While random drug testing is not required, it is suggested. The program provides a certified testing provider list.
- Conduct on-going employee education. The program provides a monthly newsletter for employees in both English and Spanish to equal the required two hours of training annually. Half of the training must be complete before applying for certification.
- Oversee supervisor education. The program provides with a newsletter to distribute to supervisors for one hour of annual training. The balance of required training can be accomplished by a drug awareness trainer. Half of the training must be complete before applying for certification.
- Post the provided referral list of treatment services.
- Submit your application to the State Board of Worker's Compensation annually for Certification.
For more information, email Shelley Davis or call 770-532-6206.
*7.5% Discount available on Worker's Comp Insurance Premiums to all certified Drug Free Workplaces that purchase a premium; if you are self-insured, the 7.5% is from your state assessment fee.
**Source: 'Working Partners', National Conference Proceedings Report: US Dept. of Labor, the Small Business Administration, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.