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U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION NAMED AS MEMBER OF FEDERAL DRUG-FIGHTING TEAM

 U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION NAMED AS MEMBER
 OF FEDERAL DRUG-FIGHTING TEAM
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has formally been identified as a Drug Control Program Agency in the president's 1992 National Drug Control Strategy.
 The SBA will focus its drug-fighting efforts on educating small business owners on the problem of substance abuse in the workplace and on researching related issues.
 "The SBA can make a significant contribution to helping small businesses meet this serious challenge," said SBA Administrator Patricia Saiki. "I know that with the proper tools and guidance, our nation's small business owners can become one of our country's best weapons in the fight against drugs."
 The problem of substance abuse in the workplace, both illicit drug use and alcohol abuse, is a growing problem for small businesses. Substance abuse costs the economy more than $100 billion annually in lost productivity and wages.
 Although many large companies are implementing anti-drug programs, small businesses are increasingly being left behind. According to a 1988 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, just 13 percent of small businesses had such policies.
 The SBA's role will involve initiatives to help small businesses meet the challenge of employee drug and alcohol abuse. The agency's newly created Office of Substance Abuse Prevention will coordinate the effort, including:
 -- Using the SBA's network of more than 100 field offices to distribute federal free publications on workplace substance abuse programs and policies.
 -- Coordinating a nationwide resource center on successful small business anti-drug programs.
 -- Providing substance abuse training and information to the 13,000 members of the Service Corps of Retires Executived (SCORE), which counsels small business owners.
 -- Providing information related to drug abuse to small business participants in SBA programs, including those which contract with the government and must comply with the 1988 Drug-Free Workplace Act.
 -- Conducting research into the economic costs to small businesses of employee substance abuse.
 The SBA also will co-sponsor with the Department of Labor and the Office of National Drug Control Policy a national conference on "Confronting Substance Abuse in Small Business" in Washington, in July 1992.
 The president's budget for fiscal year 1993 has included $660,000 for SBA's anti-drug abuse activities.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Stamler of the U.S. Small Business Administration, 202-205-6919/ CO: U.S. Small Business Administration ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: EXE


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