CALCULATE THE COST OF DRUG ABUSE

DISA's Drug Test Calculator uses the historical 12-24 months of drug test data in safety-sensitive industries (Oil & Gas, Chemical, Industrial) to forecast the positivity rates for a company as they begin drug testing. As more and more companies are also doing background checks in their employee screening, we also include background check data for the same time frame.

Enter the number of employees at your company and DISA's calculator will forecast the number of positives by drug type, test type, and the cost of that abuse.

Please enter Company total number of employees.

Drug & Alcohol Positivity Rates

Number of employees:

Test Panel
Overall Positivity Rate
# of Positive Drug Test
Total Cost of Abuse*

Test Panel

Urine Based 5-Panel

Overall Positivity Rate

%

# of Positive Drug Tests

Total Cost of Abuse

Positivity Rate by Drug

Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $35,000

Non-Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $7,000

NUMBER OF POSITIVE TESTS BY DRUG

POSITIVITY RATE BY TEST TYPE

1.72% Pre-Employment
1.01% Random
2.68% Post-Accident
16.16% Reasonable Cause

Test Panel

Urine Based 10-Panel

Overall Positivity Rate

%

# of Positive Drug Tests

Total Cost of Abuse

Positivity Rate by Drug

Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $35,000

Non-Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $7,000

NUMBER OF POSITIVE TESTS BY DRUG

POSITIVITY RATE BY TEST TYPE

    2.99% Pre-Employment
    1.04% Random
    2.02% Post-Accident
    17.31% Reasonable Cause

Test Panel

Oral Fluid Based 10-Panel

Overall Positivity Rate

%

# of Positive Drug Tests

Total Cost of Abuse

Positivity Rate by Drug

Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $35,000

Non-Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $7,000

NUMBER OF POSITIVE TESTS BY DRUG

POSITIVITY RATE BY TEST TYPE

1.18% Pre-Employment
0.36% Random
2.03% Post-Accident
0.94% Reasonable Cause

Test Panel

Hair Based 5-Panel

Overall Positivity Rate

%

# of Positive Drug Tests

Total Cost of Abuse

Positivity Rate by Drug

Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $35,000

Non-Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $7,000

NUMBER OF POSITIVE TESTS BY DRUG

POSITIVITY RATE BY TEST TYPE

7.33% Pre-Employment
1.04% Random
5.56% Post-Accident
13.64% Reasonable Cause

Test Panel

Alcohol BAT

Overall Positivity Rate

%

# of Positive Drug Tests

Total Cost of Abuse

Positivity Rate by Drug

Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $35,000

Non-Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $7,000

NUMBER OF POSITIVE TESTS BY DRUG

POSITIVITY RATE BY TEST TYPE

7.32% Pre-Employment
0.91% Random
4.55% Post-Accident
9.09% Reasonable Cause

Background Check Hits Rates

Number of employees:

Background Checks% of TotalEmployees
0 - Clear Record 0%
1 - Non-Violent Misdemeanors 0%
2- Violent Misdemeanors 0%
3 - Lesser Felonies 0%0%
4 - Felonies in 3 and Misdemeanors in 2 0%
5 - Higher Felonies 0%
6 - Felonies in 5 Misdemeanors in 2 %
7 - Patriot Act Hits 0%

Drug & Alcohol Positivity Rates

Number of employees:

Test Panel
Overall Positivity Rate
# of Positive Drug Test
Total Cost of Abuse*

Test Panel

Urine Based 5-Panel

Overall Positivity Rate

%

# of Positive Drug Tests

Total Cost of Abuse

Positivity Rate by Drug

Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $35,000

Non-Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $7,000

NUMBER OF POSITIVE TESTS BY DRUG

POSITIVITY RATE BY TEST TYPE

1.72% Pre-Employment
1.01% Random
2.68% Post-Accident
16.16% Reasonable Cause

Test Panel

Urine Based 10-Panel

Overall Positivity Rate

%

# of Positive Drug Tests

Total Cost of Abuse

Positivity Rate by Drug

Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $35,000

Non-Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $7,000

NUMBER OF POSITIVE TESTS BY DRUG

POSITIVITY RATE BY TEST TYPE

    2.99% Pre-Employment
    1.04% Random
    2.02% Post-Accident
    17.31% Reasonable Cause

Test Panel

Oral Fluid Based 10-Panel

Overall Positivity Rate

%

# of Positive Drug Tests

Total Cost of Abuse

Positivity Rate by Drug

Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $35,000

Non-Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $7,000

NUMBER OF POSITIVE TESTS BY DRUG

POSITIVITY RATE BY TEST TYPE

1.18% Pre-Employment
0.36% Random
2.03% Post-Accident
0.94% Reasonable Cause

Test Panel

Hair Based 5-Panel

Overall Positivity Rate

%

# of Positive Drug Tests

Total Cost of Abuse

Positivity Rate by Drug

Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $35,000

Non-Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $7,000

NUMBER OF POSITIVE TESTS BY DRUG

POSITIVITY RATE BY TEST TYPE

7.33% Pre-Employment
1.04% Random
5.56% Post-Accident
13.64% Reasonable Cause

Test Panel

Alcohol BAT

Overall Positivity Rate

%

# of Positive Drug Tests

Total Cost of Abuse

Positivity Rate by Drug

Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $35,000

Non-Safety Sensitive Employee(s)

*Cost of abuse per employee in a safety sensitive enviroment is $7,000

NUMBER OF POSITIVE TESTS BY DRUG

POSITIVITY RATE BY TEST TYPE

7.32% Pre-Employment
0.91% Random
4.55% Post-Accident
9.09% Reasonable Cause

Background Check Hits Rates

Number of employees:

Background Checks% of TotalEmployees
0 - Clear Record 0%
1 - Non-Violent Misdemeanors 0%
2- Violent Misdemeanors 0%
3 - Lesser Felonies 0%0%
4 - Felonies in 3 and Misdemeanors in 2 0%
5 - Higher Felonies 0%
6 - Felonies in 5 Misdemeanors in 2 %
7 - Patriot Act Hits 0%

The average employee across all industries with an untreated substance abuse disorder costs their employer an average of $7,000 per year in excess healthcare expenses, absenteeism, and turnover costs. Current Consulting narrowed this down to only safety-sensitive industry employees and also took into account lost productivity, cost of replacement/training, risk of injury, death, and downtime at the facility. Once you factor in all of the average costs of an employee with a drug abuse problem, the total cost of a substance-abusing employee in a safety-sensitive industry could reach $164,270 on the low end or up to $1,721,800 in one year.


The large potential cost for a substance-abusing employee is a result of the incredibly high cost of single incidents that cause downtime, lawsuits, and injuries in safety-sensitive industries. DISA believes a better measurement for the cost of substance abuse by an employee at an individual company is $35,000, or five times the all-industry average of $7,000 per year. This takes into account the higher cost of labor, time and effort to train and replace manpower, and the potentially high cost of an on-the-job injury.

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