Businesses Should Help Reduce Substance Misuse, Researchers Conclude

Reduced productivity, on-the-job accidents, absenteeism — there are several obvious reasons why businesses should be interested in preventing substance misuse among their employees. But do businesses have a responsibility to prevent substance misuse among society more generally, and among their employees for reasons other than those affecting businesses’ bottom lines?

In the recently published article “Substance Misuse Prevention as Corporate Social Responsibility,” (Substance Use and Misuse, October 2013), CEU Business School’sGergely Radacsi and Peter Hardi argue that businesses should be more involved in reducing substance misuse. Currently, they note, that “the business sector is typically involved only to the extent that their products compel them to be, for example, alcohol producers promoting responsible alcohol consumption.”

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