Young Workers Have Higher Rates of Drug Use and Least Access to EAPs

Categories: Drugs, News, Prevention, Research, Substance Abuse, Treatment, Workplace

A recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that young adult worker are more likely than older workers to use illicit drugs. The younger workers are also less likely to have access to an employee assistance program (EAP), which can provide alcohol and drug education, prevention and treatment resources, in their workplace.

While 10% of full-time older workers, ages 26 to 64, reported using illicit drugs in the last month, almost one-fifth of young workers, ages 18 to 25, report using illicit drugs. Only one-third of young workers said their employer offered a educational information about drug and alcohol abuse, compared to 40-49% of older workers. EAPs were offered to 40% of young workers, while 56% of the older workers were offered an EAP.

It is clear that employers should consider the higher rates of alcohol and drug use of young adults when planning a workplace substance abuse program and/or an EAP.

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One thought on “Young Workers Have Higher Rates of Drug Use and Least Access to EAPs

  1. I would have liked to see the SAMHSA study further divide the age groups. The age group from 26 to 64 is simply too wide. While the percentages given above are relevant and instructive, since the 26 to 64 age range includes so many people, this group will probably have more illicit drug users (in absolute numbers) than the 18 to 25 age group. This obviously needs to be addressed by employers when planning a workplace substance abuse program or an EAP.

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