What Employers Should Know as Positive Workplace Drug Tests Reach Record Highs

August 10, 2023 | From HRCalifornia Extra

by Katie Culliton, Editor, CalChamber

In 2022, positive workforce drug tests for all drugs reached the highest level in 25 years — up more than 30 percent from all-time low in the years 2010 through 2012, according to Quest Diagnostics. While marijuana (also referred to as cannabis) is the number one drug that workers test positive for, amphetamines — used both legally (e.g., ADHD medication) and illegally (e.g., meth, unprescribed ADHS medication) — also contributed to the increase.

What’s more, substance abuse costs workplaces an annual minimum of $15,640 per affected employee enrolled in employer-sponsored insurance, totaling $35 billion annually, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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