This paper presents the policies and practice of a corporation and its operating companies in controlling workplace drug and alcohol abuse. Anonymous drug testing of representative sample groups of employees and new hires found alarming rates of drug abuse. In response, policies were updated to cover pre-employment, for cause, and other testing, searches, contractor procedures, rehabilitation, and discipline.

Step-wise implementation, a revised medical benefit package, and the expanded role of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) — keys to maximizing employee acceptance — are detailed. Encouraging improvement in the retention rate for employees who have completed rehabilitation is reported.

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