70% of employers report prescription drug abuse within their organizations. The U.S. opioid addiction crisis is hitting the workplace hard, and employers need to be prepared to respond.
As of April 2016, "the opioid war" had claimed 200,000 lives, more than three time the number of U.S. military deaths in the Vietnam War. There is no end in sight.- reported, by The Washington Post this week.
Trump stated in response to this week's "60 Minutes" investigation on current legislation that actually weakens the government enforcement against giant drug companies contributing to the opioid epidemic. When asked, by a reporter whether he would be declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency, Trump said, "We're going to be doing that next week."- The Washington Post, Oct. 16, 2017.
Florida's Governor Rick Scott announced last month that Florida has already received $27,000,000 so far this year in federal grant money to combat the opioid epidemic, and now wants to set aside another $50,000,000 dollars for the state to fund substance abuse treatment, and counseling and recovering services from the 2018-2019 budget.
For Governor Scott, the fight against drug abuse is personal. He admitted some members of his family have fallen victim, and he believes every person in Florida knows someone impacted by the opioid epidemic, which is why he will propose legislation during the upcoming session to combat opioid abuse.
Why should employers care?
View the numbers... and, think the statistics we see are only of those who've been reported- how many more people suffer privately with a dependence on opioids. What does this cost your organization in health benefits, and work lost? The Opioid Epidemic is an estimated 18 billion dollar burden on U.S. employers. How does this burden add-up? Employees addicted to pain medications are 5x more likely to:
- be late for work
- have unexcused absences
- report able work comp. accidents
- quit or be fired in under a year- consider, the estimated cost to replace an employee is 2x their salary.
How can you be proactive?
Educate- learn the warning signs and what resources are available to help those in your club that may suffer from an opioid dependence. Reach out to your club's health care, or worker compensation providers for assistance in writing a clear drug policy, and ask about education or training programs available for employees and club managers to learn how to respond when faced with a team member who's suffering from the current Opioid Epidemic. It will take a village to help each other through this epidemic.
Start learning what you can do now from our HR Partners - CertiPay in this recorded webinar "10 Minute Trainer: Opioid Epidemic in the Workplace."
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