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November 22 2016

Workplace Alcohol and Drug Tests Not Working

According to psychologist Dr. Nicole Lee, a wellness approach is much more effective at reducing alcohol and drug use than testing in the workplace because it can pick up on other factors that may affect a person's ability to work, such as stress, anxiety, depression, health problems and fatigue. Being aware of workplace difficulties like insufficient training, poor job security and inadequate equipment is important, too, since these can lead to substance abuse problems. Better results have been noted after developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to health and wellbeing, rather than the traditional drug testing policy, Lee said.