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Preventing drug use in the workplace

UNODC has many years of experience in working with employers and employees together to develop and implement policies against substance abuse in the workplace. Such policies are designed to promote the health of employees by preventing substance abuse and assisting those with a drug dependence problem. Moreover, through such policies employers can achieve substantial savings by reducing absenteeism and increasing productivity. For example, a successful UNODC project in Brazil led to a decrease of:

  • 16 per cent in the number of smokers
  • 12.5 per cent in the use of alcohol
  • 28.7 per cent in the use of illicit drugs
  • 10 per cent in employees taking sick-leave
  • 30 per cent in employees being late
  • 34 per cent in accidents in the workplace due to the abuse of substances