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Dealing Effectively with Workplace Prescription-Drug Abuse/Misuse?

from National Safety Council

A first-of-its-kind National Safety Council survey has found that 80% of Indiana employers have been affected by workplace prescription-drug abuse. Almost two of every three believe prescription drugs (e.g., Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet) are bigger problems than illegal drugs. Other noteworthy survey findings:
  • 76% of employers say prescription-drug abuse is a justifiable cause for termination;
  • 87% of employers test for drugs, but only 52% test for synthetic opioids;
  • although 80% of employers say they have experienced an issue, almost half (47%) lack a written policy about prescription-drug use at work;
  • more than 60% of employers are not confident their staff can recognize the symptoms of prescription-drug abuse; and
  • fewer than 30% of employers offer training about workplace use of prescription drugs.
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