How Opioids Are Affecting the Workplace

A recent article explained the profound effect the opioid epidemic is having on the American workforce.  Employers need to recognize this impact and develop strategies to address it.

The issue itself is two-fold, as not only are Individuals suffering from opioid use disorder putting their own lives at risk and affecting the safety of other co-workers, but they have higher rates of absenteeism and reduced productivity.

A National Safety Council study reported that more than 75% of U.S. employers have been affected by employees’ prescription drug use, and the National Institutes of Health estimates some 3 million Americans, including workers, are addicted to opioids. 

Employers need to address this issue by putting in a comprehensive approach, engaging in education, and prevention strategies, as well providing adequate resources for those seeking treatment and those recovering from an opioid use disorder. 

Working with the business community is an important component in the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) ongoing effort to bring messages of substance misuse prevention to the residents of New Jersey.  Our Drug Don’t Work in NJ! workplace initiative is a free to join and assists businesses in their efforts to maintain a healthy and safe workplace.  To learn more about the program and to become a member, please click here.

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