Drug addiction is a relapsing disease of the brain that causes compulsive drug seeking and use. Drug addiction is chronic and leads to destructive consequences for the user as well as the people around them. As a result of addiction, the brain changes over time and makes it problematic for the user to resist the intense impulses to take drugs. Taking drugs leads to changes in the brain’s communication system. The way nerve cells send, receive, and process information is disrupted. Long-term abuse leads to changes in the brain surrounding judgment, decision making, learning and memory, behavior control, and impair cognitive function. These changes in the brain can persuade someone abusing drugs to seek out and take drugs even though the consequences can be devastating.
Individuals and society suffer negatively from drug abuse and addiction. The United States loses hundreds of billions of dollars due to substance abuse each year. Costs include productivity, health, and crime-related costs. These costs account for illicit drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. The workplace is not immune to these costs. Companies are suffering due to lack of productivity, increased absenteeism, and more accidents that come along with those abusing drugs. However, there are steps that can be taken in the workplace in order to avoid the negative consequences that come from addiction.
Drug Testing is a great way to be proactive in maintaining a drug free workplace and eliminating the costs that come along with drug addiction. AMC offers drug screening programs for those that fall under Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations as well as those looking for a Drug Free Workplace Program. Contact AMC Drug Testing at 1-800-339-9993 ext. 201 in order to enroll in a customized substance abuse program that best fits the needs of your company.
National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.