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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, June 26, 2005

The struggle to keep Hawai'i workers clean and sober

Advertiser Staff

In workplaces across the state, substance abuse is exacting a heavy personal and financial toll.

An estimated 10 percent of Hawai'i's workforce struggles with the problem, causing significant losses in terms of lower productivity, absenteeism, tardiness and outright theft.

The situation has become more complicated as Hawai'i has enjoyed the nation's lowest unemployment rate for the last three months, making it harder for employers to discipline and replace workers.

In a series of stories in today's Business section, Advertiser Staff Writer Dan Nakaso looks at the effects of substance abuse on the workplace and details how businesses and labor unions are responding. The stories provide insights into how businesses can address the problem, with tips on where to find help and treatment.

 •  In Hawai'i, employers try supportive approach
 •  Zippy's new drug policy identifies 'problem' workers
 •  Anti-drug fight transcends workplace in Hana
 •  He's been there: Boss strict on drugs, close to workers
 •  Drug addicts can turn to HR
 •  Substance abuse resources