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Workplace Issues: Substance Abuse

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Find a current administrative issue in a newspaper, magazine, or journal article relating to topics such as patient privacy, confidentiality, or HIPAA.

Approx 1,050-words that includes the following:

o Describe the issue and its impact on the population it affects most.
o What arguments or facts are used in the article to support the proposed solution?
o What are the ethical and legal issues reported for your administrative issue?
o Explain the managerial responsibilities related to administrative ethical issues. If none were stated, what should have been done?
o Identify any proposed solutions.

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Issues in the Workplace: Substance abuse

Article: Workplace Substance Abuse, 2011
Publisher: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, US Department of Labor

According to the US Department of Labor (2011), a "vast majority of drug users are employed, and when they arrive for work, they don't leave their problems at the door. Of the 17.2 million illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2005, 12.9 million (74.8 percent) were employed either full or part time. Furthermore, research indicates that between 10 and 20 percent of the nation's workers who die on the job test positive for alcohol or other drugs. In fact, industries with the highest rates of drug use are the same as those at a high risk for occupational injuries, such as construction, mining, manufacturing and wholesale."

Bearing this in mind, we can safely say that substance abuse is a current administrative issue especially due to the fatal risks being taken by the addict and with it, expose his colleagues and the workplace to potential harm and threat due to the effects of illegal substance in his thought process, perception and behavior. Addiction causes heavy absenteeism, loss of productivity and efficiency, leads to theft, heavier insurance claims and lowers the morale in the workplace as the addict would most likely exhibit a difficult personality which becomes a barrier in efficient and healthy social relations. Addicts working in ...

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The solution is a 1,045-word narrative that provides insight and advice in tackling the problem presented above. The solution provides a sample article that discusses a workplace issue on the topic of Substance Abuse and provides an analysis of the article as to the requirements of the original problem. References are listed for the purpose of expansion. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing and digital use.