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DOL Preps for 2009 Drug-Free Work Week

Resources on the agency's Web site point out the productivity, safety, and economic benefits of drug-free workplace programs.

Oct. 19-25 is 2009 Drug-Free Work Week, and the U.S. Department of Labor already has posted a variety of resources for employers, workers, associations, unions, neighborhood groups, and community coalitions to take part.

Held annually, the week highlights the productivity, safety, and economic benefits of drug-free workplace programs. Employers and others should encourage people with alcohol and drug problems to seek help, because "according to recent research, it's a message that many workers need to hear," DOL's resources page notes. These statistics are posted there:

  • 75 percent of the nation's current illegal drug users are employed, and 3.1 percent say they have used illegal drugs before or during work hours.
  • 79 percent of the nation's heavy alcohol users are employed, and 7.1 percent say they have consumed alcohol during the workday.

Tools available at the site are a Drug-Free Work Week Tool Box and links to ideas for various types of organizations.

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