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Industry Statistics
Construction

The construction industry touches virtually every aspect of our lives. America has a long history of designing and constructing landmarks recognized the world over. Safety is a great concern in this industry, not only for the workers themselves, but for the general public as well.

Position
Current
Illicit Drug Use %
Past Year 
Illicit Drug Use %
Current Heavy
Illicit Drug Use %
Construction Laborers
12.8
25.4
19.9
Construction Supervisors
17.2
25.9
12.7
Other Construction Workers
17.3
23.4
20.6
 
General Services
The general service industry is the nation's largest employer of "security-sensitive positions" and pays a very high price for drug and/or alcohol abuse. These positions include employees who could have access to financial records and maintain confidential information. The mistakes made by employees impaired by drug and/or alcohol abuse could be devastating.
Position
Current
Illicit Drug Use %
Past Year 
Illicit Drug Use %
Current Heavy
Illicit Drug Use %
Business & Repair
11.1
19.8
19.9
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate
5.4
14.6
12.7
Personal Services
10.3
19.3
20.6
Professional & Related Services
4.2
11.05
20.6
Public Administration
3.7
8.8
20.6
 
Health Care
Health care industry workers who abuse alcohol and/or drugs not only jeopardize their own safety, but the safety of the countless patients that have been entrusted to their care. By keeping America's health-related establishments drug and alcohol free, employers demonstrate that care and safety of their clients is top priority.
Position
Current
Illicit Drug Use %
Past Year 
Illicit Drug Use %
Current Heavy
Illicit Drug Use %
Physicians, Dentists, Optometrists
-
3.3
-
Nurses and Nursing Aides
5.5
12.8
2.8
Dental and Health Aides
2.8
9.9
2.3
Therapists
4.0
7.2
3.5
Clinical and Laboratory Technologists
4.3
8.9
2.2
 
High Tech
America's high-tech industry, where employees regularly deal with large quantities of money and information, is greatly affected by drug and/or alcohol abusers in the workplace. Accuracy is critical in this industry, and even the smallest, undetected errors could seriously jeopardize employee health and profits.
Position
Current
Illicit Drug Use %
Past Year 
Illicit Drug Use %
Current Heavy
Illicit Drug Use %
Computer Scientists/Analysts
-
-
2.4
Computer Programmer/Operators
3.6
10.4
2.7
Computer and Data Processors
6.1
13.5
16.2
 
Hospitality
In the hospitality industry, where customer satisfaction is crucial, employees who abuse drugs and/or alcohol threaten their own safety and the safety of their customers. They can also seriously jeopardize the success of that establishment. Customers not satisfied with the service in a particular establishment may simply take their business elsewhere.
Position
Current
Illicit Drug Use %
Past Year 
Illicit Drug Use %
Current Heavy
Illicit Drug Use %
Food Preparers
16.3
27.6
16.3
Grounds Keepers
11.4
21.0
9.8
Janitors
13.0
20.6
10.3
Maids
7.9
12.8
3.6
Waiters/Waitresses
15.4
28.9
12.1
 
Manufacturing
In the manufacturing industry, employers must uphold their position in our nation as high-quality producers. Employers who abuse drugs and/or alcohol can potentially jeopardize the reputation of those companies, as well as compromise the safety of themselves, their co-workers, and the consumers.
Position
Current
Illicit Drug Use %
Past Year 
Illicit Drug Use %
Current Heavy
Illicit Drug Use %
Electrical Machinery
5.6
10.3
2.7
Lumber and Wood Products
8.9
15.8
12.0
Machinery
6.7
12.7
7.3
Metal Industries
6.8
21.4
10.0
Professional Equipment
7.7
16.0
7.3
Transportation Equipment
4.8
13.4
8.2
 
Retail
In the retail industry, customer service and quality are key to a business' success. Customers not satisfied with the service they receive may simply take their business elsewhere. An employee who abuses drugs and/or alcohol jeopardizes not only their safety, the safety of their co-workers and their patrons, but could also seriously jeopardize the success of that company.
Position
Current
Illicit Drug Use %
Past Year 
Illicit Drug Use %
Current Heavy
Illicit Drug Use %
Apparel and Shoe Stores
3.9
12.3
1.5
Auto Supply Stores & Gas Stations
11.2
22.2
13.2
Department Stores
5.7
13.1
3.5
Eating and Drinking Places
16.3
28.0
15.4
Furniture & Applicance Stores
14.4
20.2
6.2
Grocery Stores
9.3
17.2
5.8
Other Retails Stores
5.9
12.8
4.7
 
Transportation
With the transportation industry affecting almost every aspect of our daily lives, it is easy to see the often-tragic results of drug and/or alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol use play a significant part in the number of transportation-related accidents each year. This not only has a huge impact on employees and employers, but the general public as well. This is why the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has mandated that all industries comply with governmental regulations and maintain alcohol and drug free workplaces.
Position
Past Year 
Illicit Drug Use %
Current Heavy
Illicit Drug Use %
Truck Drivers (light)
18.9
15.1
Vehicle Repairers
17.0
14.9
Truck Drivers (heavy)
16.4
13.3
Bus Drivers
13.6
6.7
 
Wholesale
The wholesale industry plays a critical role in delivering products to its consumers. Workplace errors caused by drug and/or alcohol abuse could have potentially devastating consequences to a business. Employees' safety is jeopardized as well as the safety of those around them and the safety of their customers.
Position
Current
Illicit Drug Use %
Past Year 
Illicit Drug Use %
Current Heavy
Illicit Drug Use %
Durable Goods
9.4
16.4
8.4
Non-Durable Goods
6.9
14.8
11.8
Groceries
7.7
21.5
9.8
Misc. Wholesale Trade
8.3
12.2
8.2