Why should employers test for drug and alcohol usage?

70% of all people who use illicit drugs are employed and may work for your organization.

Employees that use drugs are

  • Late to work 3 time more often
  • Use 3 times more sick leave
  • Are 5 times more likely to file workmen’s compensation claims
  • Are 3.6 times more likely to have an accident related to work
  • Make more mistakes, are careless and make judgment errors
  • When confronted, employee may exhibit violent behavior

How does drug and alcohol usage affect the crime rate?

Drug and alcohol usage are associated with

  • 49% of the murders
  • 20-35% of suicides
  • 69% of accidental drowning
  • 52% of rapes
  • 38% of child abuse
  • 50% of domestic violence
  • 62% of assaults
  • 68% of manslaughter charges

What is the local profile of drug indicators?

Profile of drug indicators for Cleveland, Ohio published by Office of National Drug Control Policy, February 2007.

High intensity drug trafficking counties in the state of Ohio are: Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Lucas, Mahoning, Montgomery, Stark, Summit and Warren.

Numbers of substance abuse-related offenses known to police in Cleveland, Ohio in 2004.

Offence Number of Arrests
Drug/narcotic violations 5,841
Drug equipment violations 119
Liquor law violations 577
Driving under the influence 20

What is the drug availability in Cleveland Ohio?

Cocaine - powder cocaine is readily available throughout the Greater Cleveland area, particularly in the lower/inner city neighborhoods where many suburbanites travel to purchase drugs. Cocaine is usually used in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

Crack cocaine is highly addictive and reported to be extremely available and easy to purchase throughout the Greater Cleveland area. Both the quality and the price of crack cocaine have reportedly decreased over the past 12 months.

Heroin - there has been a dramatic increase throughout the Cuyahoga county, over the past several years. The most available and popular heroin used in Cleveland area’s is Black Tar Heroin.

Marijuana - Marijuana is consistently reported as easily accessible in the Cleveland area. Marijuana use among elementary school children continues to increase.

Methamphetamine - law enforcement professionals have continued to report low or unchanged availability of Methamphetamine in the Cleveland area.

What about Trafficking and seizures?

Heroin wholesalers use Cleveland as a distribution center for smaller cities in and outside the state.

Users identified the existence of Methamphetamine labs in the inner city and Westside of Cleveland. However they are quickly disassembled by law enforcement officials.