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Marijuana legalization: Should you keep drug screening?

May 08 2017 | In: Posted on Categories Drug Screening, Employee Background Screening
Drug Testing In The Workplace

With an increasing number of states legalizing recreational and medicinal marijuana, many employers are questioning the necessity for drug screening in the workplace.

If you are one of those employers, consider the following:

Marijuana use is still illegal from a federal perspective, and even if it becomes legal in the future, there are some valid reasons for continuing a drug-screening program. According to a poll by the Society of Human Resource Management, 16% of organizations saw a decrease in turnover rates after implementing a drug-screening program; 19% of them experienced an increase in productivity after the initiation of such a program.

The case for drug testing in the workplace:

  • Substance abusers typically have lower work performance, higher absences and higher filings of workers compensation, according to many statistics.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports 64% of workplace accidents can be linked to substance abuse.
  • The U.S. Department of Health reports a whopping 70% of drug users are employed and 9.4% of Americans 12 and older use illegal drugs.

Still unsure? Check out this substance abuse cost calculator by the National Safety Council, specifically geared toward employers.
JD Palatine has a full line of drug screening products and services that can easily integrate with your current program. For additional information, contact us at 877.745.8525 or visit our website to learn more.

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