North Carolina Drug Free Workplace

Drug Free Workplace Program: North Carolina

Five easy steps to implementing a Drug Free Workplace program in North Carolina.

Scroll down for five easy steps to implementing a Drug Free Workplace program in North Carolina . Our nonprofit agency has helped more than 9,044 companies implement and maintain their drug free workplace program. Together we can make a difference in the fight against drug abuse in our nation.

NC Law: In order to deny workers compensation/unemployment claims related to a positive drug test, an employer must have a written substance abuse policy in place.


Your drug free workplace membership meets all requirements of North Carolina law and includes monthly employee drug education training newsletters.  Membership includes:

  • One-year subscription to the English version “Drug-Free@Workplace” employee training newsletter. This monthly newsletter provides annual employee drug education/awareness without incurring loss of payroll and productivity while employees stop work to attend training. Drug education received at work can be taken home and shared with the employee's children to help keep them drug and alcohol free!
  • Free Supervisor Training videotapes or DVDs. Provides annual supervisor training. Ongoing supervisor training is critical to the success of a comprehensive drug free workplace program.
  • Access to online Employee Assistance Program (EAP) site.
  • Fill-in-the-blanks substance abuse policy. Meets all requirements of North Carolina law.
  • Drug Free Workplace poster, window and door stickers.
  • Free legal updates on policy changes. Avoid legal liability!
  • Suicide prevention education
  • Free online training and certification as an onsite drug testing collector. Add "drug testing expert" to your résumé! 
  • Free drug free workplace consultation from our drug free workplace experts.
  • Free Drug Free Workplace stickers for hard hats, vehicles, etc.

One-year membership including all of the above and the monthly employee newsletter in English for $165. If you wish to add the employee newsletter in Spanish, it is an additional $55. If you wish to add the supervisor newsletter, it is an additional $120.

Sample Safe Driver Policy, Driver Acknowledgement Form, Violence Prevention Policy & Procedures Manual, and Violence Prevention Policy available free upon request.

Implementing a drug free workplace program results in an annual savings of several thousand dollars for most companies and organizations, and your membership helps our 501(c)3 nonprofit agency prevent drug abuse among children.

Click Join Now above to join the Council’s Drug-Free Workplace program and subscribe to the Drug-Free Workplace monthly Employee Education newsletters.

Please note: We also offer Supervisor Training newsletters and Spanish Employee version newsletters for a small additional fee. These monthly newsletters are the most cost-effective way to meet your drug-free workplace training requirements. In-person presentations and videotape training require that employees stop work to attend training resulting in loss of payroll and loss of productivity. Monthly newsletters solve this problem and save your company thousands of training dollars.


In order to implement a comprehensive drug free workplace program, your company must have a substance abuse policy in place that meets all requirements of North Carolina labor law.  In order to deny workers compensation/unemployment claims related to a positive drug test, an employer must have a written substance abuse policy in place.  

We email you a ‘fill-in-the-blank’ policy in English and Spanish. Simply print the policy on company letterhead and hand it out to all employees. If you have any questions regarding the substance abuse policy, we have drug free workplace experts who will answer your questions at no charge. Sample letters and forms are included in the policy. These should also be printed on company letterhead. 


A comprehensive drug free workplace program includes supervisor training. The first hour of supervisor training should include a discussion of how to enforce the new company substance abuse policy along with viewing one of our supervisor training videos or DVDs. We will assist you in selecting an appropriate video or DVD for supervisor training. Follow-up supervisor training can be conducted by selecting another free video/DVD from our video library list, or by subscribing to our Supervisor Training newsletters. Download a sample supervisor newsletter.

The supervisor newsletters are the most cost-effective and efficient way to train your supervisors how to supervise a state-certified drug free workplace!


Employee Education is a critical component of a drug free workplace program. Our monthly Employee Education newsletter is the most cost-effective means of conducting this training and is included in your membership fee. Distributing the newsletter to employees once a month provides a total of two hours of employee drug education. The Employee Education newsletters are emailed to you on a monthly basis. We suggest they be attached to your employees' paychecks, but how you distribute them is up to you. Drug education is appropriate and critically important to an employer’s overall efforts to prevent drug abuse in the workplace and protect workers. Drug education received at work can be taken home and shared with the employees' children to help keep them drug and alcohol free. Download a sample Employee Education newsletter (also available in Spanish). Research has shown that information, education, and training that are provided and reinforced in the workplace itself rather than in an offsite classroom has a deeper impact on workplace attitudes and behaviors. Information that is presented through the workplace in smaller amounts, over longer periods, and frequently reinforced is often understood better and more motivating than one-time-only trainings or meetings.

The newsletters are the most cost-effective and efficient way to provide annual employee drug education and training.

Step 4: Drug Testing.

The Council offers a variety of drug testing solutions for small to medium sized businesses -- from instant result devices to site collection devices with lab confirmation, as well as many turn-key fixed-facility options. Not sure which solution is best for your company? Drug testing options can be reviewed at:

Contact one of our knowledgeable testing experts today to discuss your state specific requirements.

Please call our Testing Experts at (404) 223-2481 for more information.


Drug-free workplaces should provide either an EAP (Employee Assistance Program), or a resource list of treatment and counseling centers in the area.

We provide you with access to an online employee resource program with confidential user ID, password and toll-free number. 


(1) the dangers of substance abuse, especially the abuse of illicit drugs; (2) the impact of such abuse on the workplace; (3) the most appropriate, effective and legally accepted means for employers to address their substance abuse in the workplace problems; (4) the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees; (5) the status of legislative, regulatory and legal developments at the state level, and; (6) the very legitimate and necessary - role of employers in our national effort to prevent drug abuse.

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs recognizes the threat of drug abuse in the workplace. Among other consequences, drug and alcohol abuse decreases productivity and increases accidents, absenteeism, product defects, medical and insurance costs, and employee theft. Employers and employees have a large stake and legitimate role to play in the "war on drugs." Click on the Join Now button below to become a member of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs' Drug Free Workplace Program and begin saving your company thousands of dollars annually. Your membership helps our 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, established in 1969, to prevent drug abuse among children.

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Inc.
270 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2200
Atlanta, GA 30303-1283
Phone: (404) 223-2486
Fax: (866) 786-9811

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