Employers Facing Challenges in Dealing With Prescription Drug Abuse

Employers face a number of challenges in dealing with workers’ prescription drug abuse. Studies show people with addictions are much more likely to be sick, absent or use workers’ compensation benefits, according to NPR.

Opioids are often prescribed in workers’ compensation cases when painkillers are called for, the article notes.

“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,” said Patrick Krill, who directs a treatment program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation focusing on lawyers and judges. Krill notes the legal profession has twice the addiction rate of the general population.

Full story of employers dealing with prescription drug abuse at drugfree.org

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