Opioid Abuse Costs Employers Billions

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Yahoo Health on 01/20/2016 by Korin Miller

Painkiller abuse is a serious and growing problem for American workers, new research reveals.

A December survey conducted by the National Safety Council found that 80 percent of employers in Indiana say they’ve observed an issue with painkillers among their employees — and a whopping 60 percent say they’ve observed some kind of issue with the use of prescription painkillers at work.

More than 75 percent of employers say it’s a fireable offense, and 64 percent say it’s a bigger problem than illegal drugs.

Opioid painkillers in particular (such as oxycodone, morphine, and methadone) are a growing issue: Nearly 80 percent of employers expressed some level of concern about their abuse.