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Opioid Abuse Impacting the Workplace

June 18, 2019

Companies continue to have employment issues involving drugs and the workplace. The recent opioid epidemic did not exclude employees or the work environment. Agencies continue to gather data about the risks of opioids in an effort to support employers with real-world strategies.


In March of 2019, the National Safety Council (NSC) commissioned the National Employer Survey to poll more than 500 U.S. employers that make decisions about workplace drug and alcohol programs. 86 percent of the respondents said that opioids, even taken as prescribed, impact job performance. Unfortunately, only 50 percent of the respondents were confident about their company's substance abuse policies and procedures.


Other key findings in the study:


- 75% of Employers have been directly affect by opioids

- 38% of Employers have experienced absenteeism or impaired worker performance

- 31% of Employers have experienced an overdose, arrest, or a near-miss injury

- 60% of Employers have policies in place that require employees to report to their supervisor  when they are using a prescription opioid

- 49% of Employers have dismissed an employee for the misuse of an illicit opioid

- 25% of Employers have allowed an employee to return to a job after receiving treatment.



SOURCE: Quest Diagnostics

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