Small business owners know their people very well. Or do they? A second-generation owner of a contracting company told me recently about a driver of his who was drug tested following a fender bender a few years ago. The owner was shocked to learn that this trusted employee, with the company for years,  tested positive for heroin!

Since that wake-up call, he’s paid more attention to his drug testing program.

In the U.S., 8.4% of all full time workers and 11.2% of part time workers are illicit drug users (U.S. Dept. of Labor).

87% of those users work for companies of 500 employees or fewer.

Smaller companies are the ones who can least afford the inevitable accidents, absenteeism, and lost productivity that walks hand-in-hand with substance abuse.

Who’s the employer of choice for drug users?