I received this wonderfully cheery email today from Alicia Sherman:
Hope you are have a wonderful start to your summer! I wanted to show off an Infographic my agency just rolled out about Drugs in the Work Place. I was taking a look at your site and I think you might be interested in it so take a break from your morning and take a quick peek:
If this is something that you feel could double as content for those readers of yours, I’ve included an embed code below the Infographic for an easy copy & paste onto your site.
Please let me know If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Infographic and/or its data.
Thanks for not deleting me and enjoying this Infographic break!
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Well, that’s a very friendly letter and made me want to check out this killer infographic. And boy, is it pretty. These people can use graphic design in such a delightful way. Makes you almost want to believe the information they’re presenting.
Except, of course, that it’s complete hogwash.
This infographic is porn for the drug-testing industry — a massive, growing, and extremely profitable industry that depends on employers being scared of not drug-testing, and on convincing legislatures to expand drug testing mandates.
Of course, many of the statistics are meaningless. One on the infographic that is also mentioned at almost every drug testing site is the fact that 70% of illegal drug users (some say 75%) are employed.
To me, that says that the vast majority of illicit drug users don’t let their illicit drug use affect their employment. It says nothing about their performance on the job.
And many of the other figures are bandied about on various websites as if they’re solid fact, but nobody really knows where they originated.
Let’s take a look at the sources for Killer Infographics’ killer statistics. First thing we might want to watch out for is financial self-interest…
Sources (listed at the bottom of the infographic):
- USA Mobile Drug Testing “Anyone~Anytime~Anywhere”
- Employment Screening Resources “The Background Check Authority
- Summa Health Care’s Mobile Drug Testing Program for Corporations
- Minneapolis Drug Testing – a division of USA Mobile Drug Testing
Then we have an article on Treatment Solutions.com that refers to other articles, and a poll at the Society for Human Resource Management conducted on behalf of the… Drug and Alcohol Testing Association.
Finally, we have a blog post at Workplace Ethics Advice by a Professor of Accounting with 29 Twitter followers!
He refers to data at NCADI which no longer exists, and is suspiciously similar (as is much of the data in the infographic) to the infamous Firestone Study data (see The Safety Myth of workplace drug testing)
Thanks, Alicia! You infographic was very entertaining, and, as an infographic, was, at least… graphic.
Maybe you should try your hand at something even more likely to get people infographcially worked up – like… bath salts!
Happy Monday. After seeing your blog, I thought this Infographic my agency just rolled out might be of interest to you. It is about the recently talked about drug known as Bath Salts. Take a break from the Monday morning work load and check it out:
– If this is something that you feel could double as content for your readers, I’ve included an embed code below the infographic for an easy copy & paste onto your site.
Please let me know If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the infographic and/or its data.
Thanks for taking a look,
Killer Infographics Social Media and Marketing Manager