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Why Join DDW?

Is substance abuse a major issue for my business? YES!

  • 60% of the world's population of drugs is consumed in the U.S.
  • 74% of the current illegal drug users are employed!
  • One third of employees know of the sale of illegal drugs in their workplace!

Does substance abuse affect my bottom line? YES!

  • 38-50% of all workers' comp claims are related to substance abuse.
  • Substance abusers have 300% higher medical costs and benefits!
  • Drug and alcohol abusers are 1/4 less productive and 3.6 times more likely to injure themselves or a co-worker.
  • Substance abusers are 2.5 times more likely to have absences of 8 or more days each year.

Benefits of a Drug Free Workplace:

  • 7.5% discount on workers' compensation premiums every year.
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Increased productivity
  • Higher morale among employees
  • Decrease in employee turnover
  • Cut workers' comp claims in half
  • Reduce theft and other forms of crime in the workplace.

Your company CAN make a difference.
Join DRUGS DON'T WORK today!

5 Simple Steps

Sign up as a company where DRUGS DON'T WORK and be committed to helping the community have a drug-free work environment.

STEP 1. Substance Abuse Policy
Your company must have a substance abuse policy in place that meets all requirements of Georgia law.  We can provide a fill-in-the-blank policy.

STEP 2. Substance Abuse Testing must be enforced under the following categories:
- Pre-Employment
- Reasonable Suspicion
- Post Rehabilitation
- Post Accident

STEP 3. Employee Assistance Program (EAP or resource file)
Certified drug-free workplaces must provide either an EAP (Employee Assistance Program), or we can provide a resource list of treatment and counseling centers in their area.

STEP 4. Employee Training/Supervisor Training
- 2 hours the first year; one hour after that
- We can provide training

STEP 5. State Certification
Annual certification by the State Board of Workers' Compensation is an easy process that ensures your 7.5% discount.


Why Become a Certified Drug-Free Workplace?

During tough economic times, businesses are all trying to do more with less and be as productive as possible. Promoting a drug-free workplace is one way to make this happen.  Drug Free Workplace programs are invaluable to businesses and communities by creating an atmosphere of greater health and safety.   Businesses that promote a drug free environment often experience an increase in productivity, safety, profits, customer satisfaction and employee morale.  Companies also usually see a decrease in absenteeism, insurance costs, accidents, theft and employee turnover.Substance abuse in the workplace can be devastating.  7.7 out of 10 drug users are working in someone’s business. Research has shown that employees abusing drugs function at approximately two thirds of their capacity and are more likely to be responsible for the 80% of losses in the workplace due to thefts that are drug related.

Businesses also pay about twice as much in medical claims and workers compensation for employees who use drugs.  Imagine what a business could accomplish if all of its employees worked to their maximum potential.
Statistics indicate 90% of large businesses have drug free workplace programs in place today, while only 5 to 10% of small and medium sized businesses have implemented similar programs. The irony here is that about 75% of employed Americans work for these small and medium sized businesses. Workers who want to avoid substance abuse policies at the large companies take their job search to the smaller businesses, and that is where they are today!

DRUGS DON’T WORK In South Georgia program works with businesses of all sizes with implementing a comprehensive drug free workplace programs. We provide a program that is effective, efficient and stress-free.  DDW program provides a ONE-STOP SHOP for a successful drug-free workplace program in your business:

  • Policy Development (Substance Abuse)
  • Supervisor Training
  • Employee Education
  • Employee Assistance Programs (Treatment Providers)
  • Drug Testing

One major incentive to joining DRUGS DON’T WORK In South Georgia program is a 7.5% percent premium discount on Worker’s Compensation Insurance. Any business affiliated with City, State or Federal Contracts for $25,000 or more are required to be a certified drug-free workplace.​

DRUGS DON’T WORK is the statewide Drug-Free Workplace program established by the Chamber of Commerce. DRUGS DON’T WORK exemplifies and effective Public-Private partnership in combating substance abuse in the workplaces of Georgia.

Karil Brockington

Drugs Don't Work Sponsor

Interested in being the 2024 Drugs Don't Work Sponsor? Contact our Events and Programs Director, Lisa Jarvis, at