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Substance abuse places a major burden on all segments of American society, including the workplace. The vast majority of drug users—more than three-quarters—are employed, and when they arrive at work, they don’t leave their problems outside the door. The good news, however, is that employers have enormous potential to protect their businesses from the negative impact of substance abuse by educating employees about its dangers and encouraging individuals with substance abuse problems to seek help.

The following links provide facts and figures about how substance abuse impacts the workplace in general and across a range of industries:

Definitions of terms

current illicit drug user: someone who has used illicit drugs at least once in the last month
binge drinking: five or more drinks on one occasion
heavy drinking: five or more drinks on five or more occasions in the past month