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Drug & Alcohol Awareness

CMU Drug/Alcohol Free Workplace
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Tammy Griffin

on 6 February 2013

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Substance Abuse Detection 20,000 Americans die in car accidents annually
50% of fatal accidental falls excess-alcohol related
2/3 of all adult drownings involve alcohol
50% of adult home fire victims are alcohol related
60% of all suicides involve drugs or alcohol Drug Abuser: twice the absenteeism rate
Has 2 to 4 times more accidents
3 times more sickness-benefit usage
Files 4 times more grievances
Files 4 times more workers' comp claims Drugs in the Workplace…
75% of current dug users 18 and older are employed
39% of employees has seen or heard of drug use by coworkers before or after hours
Over 30% of employees indicated they had personal knowledge of coworkers’ drug use on the job
80% of those injured in “serious” drug-related accidents at work are not the drug abusing employees but innocent coworkers/others
Average annual cost for each drug abusing employees is $6,600
National average is 17% of workforce has a problem Substance Abuse Trends Substance Abuse Trends
Scope of Problem
Detection
Impairment
Recognizing enabling behaviors in ourselves
Alcoholism
The Chemically Dependent person
Guidelines
CMU Drug-Free Workplace Policy Training Overview Drug & Alcohol
Awareness Substance Abuse Trends
75% of current dug users 18 and older are employed
39% of employees has seen or heard of drug use by coworkers before or after hours
Over 30% of employees indicated they had personal knowledge of coworkers’ drug use on the job
Alcohol/Drugs: Scope of the Problem CMU provides assistance to employees through ENCOMPASS. This is a confidential service, between the employee and ENCOMPASS.

Helps employees whose personal problems affect their job performance
Supported by the company and is devoted to helping people do the best job they can
Identifies the “real” personal problems such as stress, gambling, family/martial issues, financial problems, etc. ENCOMPASS Employee Assistance Services Substance Abuse Detection Tardiness and Absenteeism…
Arriving late and leaving early
Absences before and after paydays or holidays
Frequent breaks and/or long lunches
Unexplained absences
Absences of Friday and Mondays
Absences due to accidents, both on and off the work site
Excessive trips to the restroom or personal vehicle
Away from work area a unusually long period of time Job Performance…
Operator errors increase
Unacceptable quality and/or quantity of work
Procrastination, wasting time of job
Completing tasks irresponsibly
Faulty decision making
Accident rates increase
Damaged equipment or materials wasted Physical Appearance…
Ignored personal hygiene, unkempt, body odor
Less interest in dress/appearance
Sudden loss or gain in weight
Appears to be “in a fog” Agitation
Disorientation
Mood changes
Unusually aggressive Common Signs of Impairment Red eyes
Slurred speech
Staggering
Odor of alcohol
Drowsiness Recognizing Enabling Behaviors in Ourselves Overlooking inappropriate/unacceptable behaviors
Overlooking staff’s comments regarding drug use
Counseling the employee independently
Disbelief/denial of a substance abuse problem because he/she is a “good employee”
Lack of willingness to deal with drug abuse problems in the workplace in order to protect the abusing employees, the university’s reputation or your position
Covering up for the employee
Doing the abusing employee’s work for him/her Alcoholism: New Definition Primary, chronic disease with genetic, environmental and psychosocial factors

Characterized by:
Impaired control
Preoccupation
Denial or other distortions
Use despite adverse effects Alcohol: Social Use No problems resulting from use
Drinks on occasion
May drink to relax, but also has other ways to relax
Can predict how they will feel, act and think under the influence
May quit for specific reasons (pregnancy, to lose weight, etc.)
Does not need to control use
Consequences of drinking are not negative Alcohol: Problem Use Limiting drinking is uncomfortable
Denies problems despite others
Loses control when drinking
Blackouts
Personality changes when drinking
Legal problems from drinking
Psychological and/or physical dependence
Quits for time periods with no reason When you see a problem developing,
deal with it head on!

Be positive and give encouragement
Clearly define what needs improvement
Define what you expect
Document the warning
Follow up For more information,
please call ENCOMPASS
(800) 788-8630
or visit the ENCOMPASS website:
http://encompass.us.com

Username: CMU Profile: Chemical Dependent Person Secretive about use
Mood and/or behavior inconsistencies
Sending mixed messages
Not truthful
Frequent complaining
Hard to keep on track
Hangs with other users
Consider themselves victims
Often circular in their thinking Substance Abuse in the Workplace 80% of those injured in "serious" drug-related accidents at work are not the drug abusing employees but innocent coworkers or others
Average annual cost for each drug abusing employee is $6,600 National average is 17% of the workforce has a problem
98% of the 200 largest companies in the US drug test their employees
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