2014

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Announces Partnership with South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Teaming Up to Support Drug-Free Workplaces in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, a 40-year-old nonprofit drug and alcohol prevention agency, has partnered with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce to promote drug-free workplace programs to employers in South Carolina. The Council on Alcohol and Drugs has assisted more than 9,700 companies in 12 states in achieving certification as a drug-free workplace.

State certified drug-free workplaces receive a state-mandated five percent discount on workers' compensation insurance premiums.

Shelly Davis, coordinator for the South Carolina program at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, said, "In addition to the state-mandated discount on workers' compensation insurance, certified drug-free employers maximize their level of productivity, enhance competitive positions in the marketplace and reach desired levels of success without experiencing the costs, delays and tragedies associated with work-related accidents resulting from substance abuse by employees."

Otis B. Rawl, Jr., president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, said, "The South Carolina Chamber is proud to partner with The Council on Alcohol and Drugs to work with employers to provide drug-free workplaces for employees, which will help keep workplaces productive and employees healthy. This partnership will ensure a larger pool of drug-free applicants for South Carolina workplaces."

Chuck Wade, president and CEO of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, and state director of Georgia's drug-free workplace program, said, "Drug-free workplace programs increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and tardiness, cut workers' compensation claims in half, reduce medical costs, increase overall workforce morale and reduce theft and other forms of crime in the workplace."

State certification in South Carolina requires a substance abuse policy, supervisor training, employee education, drug testing and an employee assistance program or resource file. The Council on Alcohol and Drugs assists its drug-free workplace members in achieving and maintaining certification. The annual $150 membership fee is used to fund drug prevention programs for children.

In addition to benefits already available, South Carolina Chamber members receive a $25 discount on the Council's $150 membership fee. For more information or to certify your company as a drug-free workplace, contact Shelly Davis at (877) 778-3490 or sdavis@livedrugfree.org. Visit: www.LiveDrugFree.org.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation's first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state's largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 6,500 member companies and more than 600,000 member employees, with 90 percent of membership comprised of small businesses. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing per capita income and enhancing the state's global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

SOURCE The Council on Alcohol and Drugs



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