Recently the U.S. Department of Labor announced that this year's national Drug-Free Work Week would take place Oct. 20 through 26.
Drug-Free Work Week, a time to reinforce the importance of working drug free in positive and proactive ways, is a dedicated time each year to highlight the benefits that drug-free workplace programs bring to employers, workers and communities. It is also a time to work toward making every week a drug-free workweek.
Now in its third year, the annual campaign is a collaborative effort organized by the Department of Labor, members of its Drug-Free Workplace Alliance and other public and private sector groups dedicated to safe and healthy workplaces. All employers and employees are encouraged to participate in recognizing Drug-Free Work Week.
Drug-Free Work Week can help prevent accidents and make workplaces safer, improve productivity and reduce costs, and encourage people with alcohol and drug problems to seek help.
"Drug-Free Work Week is a good time to remind employers and employees that reducing workplace substance abuse is a crucial part of keeping workers safe," said Elena Carr, drug policy coordinator at the Department of Labor. "Of course, in a safe and healthful workplace, every week should be drug free."