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New DVD Programs on Substance Abuse in the Workplace!

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drugalcoholonjob.pngMore workers use drugs or alcohol on the job. Some of them fly planes. Some of them drive your children to school.

Statistics Canada reports that one in 10 Canadians report symptoms consistent with substance dependency.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse reports that substance abuse and addictions cost the Canadian economy $24.3 billion dollars in lost productivity. Add in the costs of substance dependency beyond lost productivity such as increased healthcare, cost of police involvement, workplace theft, higher workplace turnover and the associated costs of recruitment and training for replacement workers, and that number increases to $39.8 billion.*

While substance abuse is clearly not a new phenomenon, many employers struggle with how to best support an employee with a potential dependency issue, and what is required in terms of assistance and accommodation.*

Substance abuse is a huge, worldwide problem. In the US alone there are over 50 million binge drinkers, 17 million illegal drug users and almost 15 million people who abuse prescription drugs. It is estimated that one out of every ten workers has a substance abuse problem.

Canadian statistics for substance abuse almost mirror those of the US. Canada is the second highest in the world for prescription use of tranquilizers/sleeping pills, the fifth highest for prescription narcotics and within the top 15 for stimulant use. Many of these drugs are used by workers while on the job.


How to Spot Drugs in the Workplace:
When employees don't seem right, it's often hard to pinpoint exactly what their problem is. Following are some of the symptoms that might indicate drug or alcohol abuse: bloodshot eyes, enlarged or reduced pupils; impaired speech or coordination; changes in behaviour or mood; difficulty concentrating, learning or remembering; inappropriate behaviour such as apathy or disorientation, agitation or irritability. If these signs accompany reduced performance on the job, it's time to have a conversation about expectations, consequences, and resources that may be available to help.

The majority of heavy drinkers and users of illicit drugs are employed adults. An employee with an alcohol or drug problem can decrease productivity, create a hostile work environment and damage a company's good name.

To assist organizations in the prevention of these serious and often life-threatening situations, International Tele-Film has added two new DVD training resources to its catalogue:

drugfreeworkplace.pngThe Drug-Free Workplace: Setting the Standard

Coming to work under the influence causes problems for everyone. This program shows employees the harm that can be done and how to seek help for themselves or a coworker. Dramatic scenarios include a construction site, manufacturing facility, hospitality industry, food service and business setting.

14 min. • $210

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managingdrugfreeworkplace.pngManaging the Drug-Free Workplace

Managers need to know how to respond when their workgroup is affected by drugs or alcohol. This program will teach your managers and supervisors what to look for and explain how proper and timely intervention can help prevent substance abuse.

23 min. • $199


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Both programs together form a complete substance abuse training tool for use with your employees, and a training resource for managers and supervisors. $379

Produced by Kantola Productions, these timely programs are designed to respond to the concerns outlined above by providing employers with solutions that will help them prevent

on-the-job drug abuse and keep employees safe.

Digital/Streamed delivery available. Please contact us for fees.

Both programs closed captioned.

Information sources and articles:

*Dealing With Employee Addictions by Kim Siddall:

Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety & Health:

Roger K. McDougall, Canadian Workplace Alcohol and Drug Programs 2004

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