National Drug-Free Work Week

The first Drug-Free Work Week was initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2006 with an original focus on improving safety and health in the construction industry through drug-free workplace programs. In the years that followed more organizations in a wider range of industries began observing the campaign.

Today, the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance, a division of Drug Free America Foundation, in collaboration with organizations focused on alcohol and drug abuse prevention and workplace safety and health, promote this observance. Through their collaboration, individual workplaces are encouraged to conduct activities designed to educate employees and promote a safe and healthy work environment.

It is imperative that this problem continues to be addressed by prevention and intervention efforts as substance abuse by employees results in:

  • Higher health care expenses for injuries and illnesses
  • Higher rates of absenteeism
  • Reductions in job productivity and performance
  • Increased workers’ compensation and disability claims
  • Safety risks for employees and those they are serving

National Drug-Free Work Week is being observed this year on October 16th-21st. Click here for additional information and resources.