The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offers this manual as
a summary of available solutions to the problem of drugs in the workplace. It is
designed to offer a wide range of options to enable any employer to reduce
drug- and alcohol-related operational problems while simultaneously helping in the
common effort to eliminate Americas drug and alcohol abuse problem.
We believe Americas employers have a unique opportunity to
help eliminate the negative consequences of drugs and alcohol on society, and we urge that
this manual be reviewed with appropriate company decision makers to determine your best
course of action.
Remember, you can make a difference, and it is not difficult. Model
policies and programs are available. Some sample forms are included in this manual as
well as a model policy.
Developing an effective
workplace program is not expensive. Using existing materials,
you can get started at virtually no cost. If you want to develop
a comprehensive program to include employee assistance, supervisor
training and employee education and/or testing, many free services
and resources are available, and you can form or join a consortium
to negotiate favorable testing and EAP rates.
Finally, remember to:
think things through;
ensure accurate testing and objective review;
ensure proper use of the program;
ask for legal review;
pay attention to the human factor;
ensure good communication and ongoing review;
consider the collective bargaining process;
address concerns and barriers.