Many businesses underestimate just how widespread substance abuse is. Around 1 in 12 adults aged 16 – 59 have used drugs in the last year. When we narrow the demographic to 16 – 24 years, that figure rises to 1 in 5.
The fact that 30 million of us also consume alcohol on a frequent basis means your business is probably already affected by substance use, whether you know it or not.
This has legal implications under Common Law and The Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, The Transport and Works Act of 1992 and The Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971. The Health and Safety at Work Act makes it illegal, for instance, to knowingly allow an employee who is ‘under the influence’ to continue their working day.