Drugs Don't Work
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 74 percent of the 12 million drug users in America are employed, and as many as 23 percent of them use illegal drugs on the job. Alcohol and drug users cost taxpayers more than $140 billion annually, including healthcare costs, lost productivity, and Workers Compensation claims. Forty seven percent of all workplace accidents are alcohol and drug related. Abusers are absent an average of three weeks per year.
The Drugs Don't Work program is designed to empower business owners with the tools needed to ensure a drug-free workplace as well as a safe and productive work environment for current and future employees.
Increase productivity and reduce your company’s workers’ compensation premiums by up to 7.5 percent when you join Drugs Don’t Work. This unique program educates Stephens County employers about the prevention, intervention and elimination of substance abuse in the workplace. The program also provides the continuing education hours needed to obtain and maintain the drug free workplace certification.
The nationally recognized workplace program helps businesses maintain healthy and productive workforces and also reduces rates for drug screening and Employee Assistance Programs to make establishing your drug-free workplace easy and cost-effective. Drugs Don't Work is a partnership program of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Department of Human Resources and the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce.
Learn How You Could Save Your Company Thousands Of Dollars
- Identify potential discipline issues before they become a problem.
- Stop costly absenteeism and tardiness.
- Cut your workers’ compensation claims in half.
- Minimize employee turnover.
- Reduce theft, violence and other forms of crime in the workplace.
- Increase workforce morale.
- Improve productivity.
- Decrease claims due to negligent documentation policies.
To obtain drug-free workplace certification and qualify for the 7.5% discount on workers' compensation premiums complete the following steps:
- Your company must have a substance abuse policy.
- Your company must conduct drug testing.
- Your company must conduct two hours of employee education each year. For a list of videotape training resources
- Your company must conduct two hours of supervisor training each year. For supervisor training forms.
- Your company must either have an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) or a referral list of treatment and counseling centers in your area.
Commonly Asked Questions
Q. Do I have to drug test all my employees?
A. No, you are required to test new employees and conduct random testing on a regular basis.
Q. Do I have to fire an employee who tests positive for drugs?
A. No, you have the right to fire an employee or take disciplinary action, which should include an agreement by the employee to undergo substance abuse treatment.
Q. Do all my employees have to go through the training at the same time?
A. No, you may divide your workforce into groups. Drugs Don’t Work attempts to make the program as user friendly as possible. Lectures, articles, and videos are some ways to accomplish the hours of training needed.
Q. Can I afford the drug testing?
A. Yes, Drugs Don’t Work members receive discounted drug testing rates from several local testing facilities.
Q. When does the premium credit begin to accrue?
A. The premium discount will be applied pro rata as of the date of certification (the date of approval by the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation).
Q. When does the insured actually receive payment for the credit?
A. The insured employer, however, will not receive payment for such credit until after the annual final premium audit under such policy.
Q. How long will an insured employer receive the 7-1/2 % discount?
A. The insured employer is entitled to receive the 7-1/2% premium credit for up to eight years from date of original certification. Thereafter, the premium discount shall be determined from the insured's experience rating plan or in the case of an insured not rated upon experience, the premium discount shall be determined by the Commissioner of Insurance based upon data received from the insurers.
The SCDA is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses including industrial, manufacturing, distribution, corporate and regional headquarters and customer service centers. It also provides support and assistance with all other types of economic development projects.
The SCDA also works with existing businesses and industries to ensure their continued success. While recruitment of new industry is a significant function, aiding in existing industry expansion and retention is just as significant. About 80 percent of all new jobs in Georgia come as a result of existing industry expansion.
Georgia Work Ready
State Tax Credits
Opportunity Zone Tax Credit
Freeport Tax Exemption
Training and Education
Grants & Other Finance Options
Drugs Don't Work
A couple of years ago, the Stephens County Development Authority informed us that we were located in an Opportunity Zone which qualified us for tax credits that were applied to our GA payroll taxes for adding new employees. We were able to realize these savings. We are thankful to our local development authority for making sure that we were taking advantage of all the tax credits available to us.-
From the beginning of our interest in moving to Toccoa-Stephens County, the Stephens County Development Authority made regular trips to our office to make sure we are adjusting to our new home and acclimated to the community resources in Stephens County. They provided a wealth of information on Georgia Business Incentives and tax incentives specific to Stephens County. They introduced us to many connections in Stephens County. We now are well connected with the Department of Labor and attend their monthly meeting and after SCDA's help with some paperwork we have taken advantage of GDOL's Incumbent Worker Program. The Development Authority also shared their long list of local vendors with us and we were able to find our utilities provider, an insurance agent, a computer technician and research local CPAs. Basically, the SCDA is our go to. If we can't figure it out or just need some guidance on an issue we don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call. We definitely appreciate the Stephens County Development Authority's efforts to make Toccoa a great place to do business. They truly make us feel welcome and appreciated in Stephens County!-