International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – 26th June
Drug misuse can cause significant problems not only for the user, but to their colleagues and employer.
Drugs can affect the way your body and brain react and behave.
So far, nothing new and the truth is nothing new here. Despite what appears to be the ready availability of illegal drugs and the proliferation of legal highs, the primary appeal of drugs remains to either heighten or diminish the individual’s sense of reality.
The downside of this can cause lapses in concentration and lead to accidents.
As an employer, it is important to be informed about what to look for and the steps to take should you learn that an employee has a drug problem.
Preparing and promoting a policy regarding drug misuse and providing support and counselling are key elements to helping an employee overcome this problem and return to being a productive and safe member of staff.
It should be remembered however, that drug screening is only likely to be acceptable when it is part of the company’s occupational health policy and is intended to reduce workplace injuries.