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Drug Use in America: Why Background Screening is Crucial

The rise of drug use is unfortunately not uncommon in America. The sad truth is that almost every single person has been affected by drug use – either personally or indirectly. Still, drug use continues to rise with each passing year. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015 alone. Opioid addiction seems to be driving this epidemic with over 20,000 deaths related to prescription pain killers. 

More alarmingly, there is an even larger increase of marijuana and heroin use worldwide. A study conducted in 2014, found that between 2010-2012 alone, deaths from heroin overdose nearly tripled, accounting for nearly 56% of the population using heroin. Most drug overdoses linked to prescription pain killers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin over the past 20 years are overprescribed, causing addiction, which typically leads to heroin use as “highs” lessen over extended use and time. Over 94% of people in the United States have claimed to try Marijuana at least once in their lifetime. Unfortunately, the age of those who have tried the drug seems to be getting younger and younger every year. Marijuana is referred to as the "gateway drug" and is used by many Americans on a regular basis for its tranquil effects.

With this being said, drug and alcohol use in the workplace has proven problematic for businesses across all industries. Drug use in the workplace can lead to poor work performance, accidents, and even deaths. That's why it is vital to background check and drug screen both your current employees and potential candidates. With the increased amount of those who use drugs on a regular basis, a company can truly receive the brunt of a drug-related situation and decline in performance or morality as a result. Background checks and drug screening are important to ensure that a company is hiring the best, and that no previous or prior drug or alcohol use has been an issue. The Pre-Check Company provides quality drug testing options, from standard nicotine testing to checking for opioid use. Companies may choose from further options, including various levels of urine testing to hair testing to ensure they are receiving the most thorough and accurate results. Pre-Check’s goal is simple: Stop drug use from entering the doors of employment.

Sources:

http://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/heroin-overdose-deaths-double-in-u-s/

 

https://www.ncadd.org/about-addiction/addiction-update/drugs-and-alcohol-in-the-workplace

 

http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/marijuana/international-statistics.html

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