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EA professionals discuss opiods in the workplace

from The Philadelphia Inquirer

There is a big difference between helping employees with alcoholism and helping them with opioid addictions, says Gregory P. DeLapp, chief executive of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. People are changing jobs more often, DeLapp explained, making both the employer and the employee less willing to invest in job retention. "If you take away the fact that your job may be at stake, you’ve lost a significant leverage point," he said. In addition, "with the opioids, problems develop so rapidely that you aren't going to have the reams of documentation of job-performance issues," DeLapp said. "The person is going from injury to addiction to near-death in months to a year instead of in decades." more

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