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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Prescription Opioid Abuse Cost Employers

With more people than ever using prescription opioids, it is unavoidable that more and more people are "high" on the job. It is a concern worth paying attention to, as taking any mind altering substance can be a risk for not only employees, but also for many employers. A new book about recovery, called “Ruby Shoes,” highlights the rise of prescription opioid use in the workplace, NPR reports. In 2007, research indicates that prescription opioid abuse cost employers more than $25 billion.

Many of the working population have “white collar” jobs, which may have an impact on people getting the help they need when it comes to treatment. People working in the field of law, such as lawyers had double the addiction rate when compared to the normal population, according to Patrick Krill, who directs a treatment program for a reputable treatment facility that focuses on professionals.

"The more professional stature you have, the less likely you are going to be forced into recovery, and the longer your addiction is likely to go on unchecked," says Krill.

Research shows that people struggling with opioid addiction are far more likely to use workers’ compensation benefits, and be ill or absent from work. In fact, the majority of workers’ compensation claims involve prescription opioids, according to the article. A survey from the National Safety Council (NSC) found that in Indiana, 4 out 5 employers have dealt with prescription opioid abuse in the workplace.

"Many times they're showing up late to work because they can't find pills," says NSC medical adviser, Dr. Don Teater. "They're starting to have withdrawal symptoms. They know they can't work."

Whether you are working for a law firm or are a server at a restaurant, opioid addiction requires treatment. Prolonging treatment will only result in more problems, including a heightened risk of losing one’s job or worse - experiencing a potentially fatal overdose. If you or a loved one is addicted to prescription opioids please contact Whiteside Manor.

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