Study: Drug use among workforce means big cost for some employers in Eastern Iowa

A new nationwide analysis has found drug use among the U.S. workforce remains at its highest rate in more than a decade, increasing concern for many employers.

Not only could it be dangerous for workers, but drug use can spell a greater financial loss for local employers, said one Cedar Rapids expert.

“It’s really having a huge impact on employers,” said Kevan Bakewell, vice president of loss control services for Holmes Murphy and Associates, an insurance brokerage in Cedar Rapids.