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Recent studies reveal pain costs up to $635 billion annually in medical treatment, with lost productivity contributing to $229-335 billion of that overall cost. The workplace has been significantly affected opioid epidemic including the fact that narcotic users are:
The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force has partnered with the National Safety Council to provide employeers with the necessary tools understand this growing problem. Take the first steps to ensuring your business stays aware of this key workplace issue
The Prescription Drug Employer Kit - developed by our partners at the National Safety Council
Results From a Survey of Indiana Employees - developed by the National Safety Council and the Attorney General's Office
In economic terms, an addiction can lead to a drop in productivity, reduced product quality, increased absenteeism, and higher health care costs. In human terms, an addiction can lead to failed marriages, broken homes, severe emotional problems, and even death. Depending on the nature of the individual's work, public safety can be jeopardized.
The use of opioids in workers’ compensation has risen over the past decade along with the cost of medications. Employees using narcotics are five times more likely to file a worker’s compensation claim.
The most recent State Epidemiological Profile: The Consumption and Consequences of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs in Indiana