The Success of Drug-Free Workplaces

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A program that many businesses have implemented over the years encourages a drug-free workplace, but a local senator is trying to make some changes.

Brian Seemann breathes a little easier at work knowing his co-workers are drug free just like himself.

Brian says, "Working with electricity can be real dangerous and to know that the electricians are in a good state of mind helps them working with each other and gives them [have] confidence in what they are doing themselves."

Besides a safer workplace at Cowart Electric, managers say the business' overall efficiency and morale has significantly increased.

Bonnie Ross, the general manager, says, "We think it's one of the best business decisions we've ever made because it improved us all the way around."

Not to mention the fact these drug-free businesses receive a seven and a half percent discount on their worker's compensation insurance.

Ross adds, "It's also nice that we do get a discount on our compensation, which to us being a small business amounts to about $2,500 a year."

Unfortunately the discount is only good for eight years, but one senator is looking to eliminate that cap as early as next year.

Sen. Tim Golden, (D) Georgia District 8, says, "Making it permanent sends a great message to businesses around this country that what Georgia is doing is very progressive."

Managers here say the monetary and physical gains that result from the Drugs Don't Work program is enough to convince even the most skeptical business to join.

More than 250 businesses in Lowndes County participate in the Drugs Don't Work program. For more information you can call the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce at 229-242-4624.