Study: Opioid Addiction Crisis Affecting US Employers
The nation’s opioid epidemic reaches far and wide and no place is immune to it, and that includes the workplace. A recent report by the National Safety Council offers insight into US employers’ perceptions about prescription drug use and how it affects the workplace, and the policies they use to address it.
According to the report, more than 70 percent of US employers surveyed have been affected by employees’ prescription drugs usage.
Among its findings are:
Nearly 40 percent of employers have experienced workers being absent or missing work because of prescription drug use
Nearly 40 percent report that their employees have used prescription pain relievers at work
Nearly 30 percent report that some workers have experienced decreased job performance because of prescription drug use at work
Synthetic Opioids Left Out of Drug Screenings
Breathing problems (such as slowed breathing rate)
Excessive mood swings or hostility; personality changes
Increase or decrease in sleep
Increase in missed deadlines, errors made at work
If you notice these signs in yourself or an employee who’s taking prescription drugs, it is important that you seek help as soon as possible.
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