Opioid Crisis: 5 Tips to Address Addiction in the Workplace  

Recently, there have been stories in the news of the nation’s growing opioid epidemic. It involves the use of prescription opioid (pain) medications and illicit drugs. The epidemic has touched every socio-economic level in the U.S. It is presenting challenges for both employees and employers. According to the National Safety Council, workers with substance use disorders miss nearly 50% more work days than their peers – up to six weeks annually. Employers don’t seem to recognize the scope of the problem even though seven in ten companies reported issues ranging from absenteeism to overdose. Employers should create a work environment where employees feel safe enough to ask for help. The author of this article offers five ways employers can address opioid dependence and substance addiction in the workplace.