Substance use is Colorado’s most prevalent, complex, costly and untreated public health challenge. It is an issue that affects hundreds of thousands of Coloradans of all ages, races, ethnicity, income levels and backgrounds living in big and small communities, rural areas, suburbs and cities.  The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), Colorado ranks above the national average in every measurement for illicit drug and alcohol use and abuse.

The use of alcohol and other drugs can impact workplace safety and productivity in a big way. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has these facts to share:

  • Workers with alcohol issues were 2.7 times more likely to have injury-related absences.

  • A hospital emergency department study showed that 35 percent of patients with an occupational injury were at-risk drinkers.

  • Large federal surveys show that 24% of workers report drinking during the workday at least once in the past year.

  • One-fifth of workers and managers across a wide range of industries and company sizes report that a coworker’s on- or off-the-job drinking jeopardized their own productivity and safety.

  • Workers who report having three or more jobs in the previous five years are about twice as likely to be current or past year users of illegal drugs as those who have had two or fewer jobs.

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