Blog Posts tagged with Drug policies; Opioids

Protecting Your Business from The Opioid Crisis

April 3, 2018

Beyond the incalculable emotional pain to addicts and their families, the increasing number of overdoses and deaths from opioids is costing the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars.

Prescription opioids (hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine and fentanyl) and illegal opioids such as heroin are now the most commonly abused drugs in the workplace. Many employers claim they’ve been impacted by prescription drug use among their employees. Absenteeism and turnover are on the rise, and declines in job performance are increasingly linked to the opioid crisis.

Against this grim socioeconomic backdrop, how can companies protect their people and their business? Implementing strong workplace policies and investing in education, training and employee support programs is a good place to start.

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