Palma.— “Employees with drugs or alcohol problems are three times as likely to be absent from work than their colleagues,” Tomeu Català the President of drug rehabilitation programme Proyecto Hombre, said yesterday.

Català, was speaking after the signing of a collaboration agreement between Proyecto Hombre and the Majorcan Industry Foundation (Asima). The aim, explained Català, is to develop activity programmes which discourage the consumption of drugs and alcohol in the work environment.

Alcohol and tobacco are the substances most consumed by the working population, said Català.
Illegal drugs which are most widely sold, he reported, are cannabis, followed by cocaine. Between 60 and 70 percent of people who sign up to Proyecto Hombre for rehabilitation are those who have jobs but who are “off sick.”

Quality of Life
Asima is the first business organisation which has established an ongoing association with Proyecto Hombre.
The partnership wants the problem of drug and alcohol consumption by employees tackled by bringing the problem out into the open and discouraging abuse before victims fall prey to addiction.

Asima wants to see employers bringing more focus to health in the workplace, not just in terms of eradicating illness and drug dependency but also as a contribution to quality of life.

Asima President Miquel Bordoy said yesterday that a healthy organisation is one which produces more.

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