Drug testing in Victoria an Olympic effort

The Winter Olympics has just ended and while much of the focus was on the incredible efforts of the athletes, unfortunately the spotlight was also on those who were willing to take prohibitive substances to get an advantage. Thankfully, stringent drug testing procedures meant that most – if not all – were detected and will have to face the consequences of their actions.

So what does the Winter Olympics have to do with your workplace in Victoria?

While it’s unlikely one of your employees is taking drugs to enhance their performance at work, research shows a small percentage will turn up to work under the influence of drugs. And thankfully, just like at the Olympics, stringent drug testing in your Victorian workplace can help detect these people so that they’re not a danger to themselves or fellow workmates.

How large is the drug problem?

There is plenty of research that shows that drugs are an issue on our roads and, therefore, will be an issue in our workplaces:

  • In Victoria alone, around 41% of all drivers and motorcyclists killed on the roads in the last 5 years who were tested had drugs in their system.
  • One in four Victorians who use drugs have admitted to driving under the influence of recreational drugs.
  • Roadside drug testing statistics in Victoria and across Australia over the last few years are finding that around one in 10 people tested are proving positive for drugs.
  • Cannabis remains the most popular illicit drug in Victoria and Australia, with 10.4% of Australians aged 14 years and over having used cannabis in 2016. This translates to the roadside, with cannabis the most common drug found in roadside drug testing.

While research relating to drugs in the workplace and drug testing results is less commonly available, there’s little doubt that the types of statistics we see on Victorian and Australian roads would be translated to the workplace. After all, if people are willing to take drugs and drive, they’re likely to also turn up to work under the influence.

We also know from research that 2% of Australians have confessed to coming to work under the influence of drugs.

Implementing drug testing in Victoria

You don’t need to be put in Olympian-like effort to implement drug testing in your Victorian workplace. You just need to give Integrity Sampling a call!

We can help you with all aspects of drug and alcohol management, including developing a drug and alcohol management plan, providing education to management and employees and, of course, conducting drug testing in your Victorian workplace.

We provide our drug and alcohol management services across Victoria in the Melbourne metro area, Mildura, Shepparton, Traralgon and Warrnambool. View our Victorian branch page for more details.

Drug testing has been in focus at the recent Winter Olympics and it should be a focus in your Victorian workplace too.


Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Thomastown and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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