Substance Abuse in the WORKPLACE

By December 3, 2015Public Blogs

Basic Safety

Substance Abuse Includes:

 Illegal drugs, such a methamphetamine and marijuana
 Legally prescribed drugs, such as pain relievers and cough syrups  Over-the-counter drugs such as Nyquil
 Alcohol, which includes beer and wine


Follow Safe Work Practices

  • Understand and follow your company’s drug and alcohol policy.
  • Never bring any illegal drugs to work or use drugs or alcohol while operating equipment or driving.
  • Realize that even legally prescribed and over-the-counter drugs can cause problems at work and affect your work product.
  • If you need to take legally prescribed drugs or over-the-counter drugs at work, report the use of those drugs to your Supervisor.
  • Ask yourself, would you want to work next to the person who may be responsible for your safety while they are using drugs or intoxicated?


    • The use of marijuana can affect your judgment and can slow down your reactions.
    • The use of cocaine or methamphetamine can affect your judgment and speed up your heart rate.
    • The use of heroin will slow you down.
    • The use of methamphetamine makes you paranoid.
    • The use of alcohol can affect your motor skills and judgment.
    • Typically, drugs or alcohol will affect your central nervous system and alter the way you think and reason rationally.

      First Aid

    • If an employee overdoses at work, call 9-1-1 immediately and seek medical attention.
    •  Never let a fellow employee work that is thought to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Notify a supervisor immediately.
    • Never let a fellow employee who is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs drive home.
    • Never ingest vomiting or attempt to give the employee any liquids.
    • The use of some drugs can trigger illnesses such as epilepsy.
    • Some drugs like cocaine can immediately stop the heart.


On average, 1 employee out of 25 abuses illegal drugs.


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