When painkillers are misused in the workplace there could be an increase in:
- Worker’s compensation costs
- Length of disability
- Risk for incidents, injuries and errors
- Cost of insurance fraud
- Cost for screening and testing
- ER visits and other medical care
- Cost for intervention and treatment
The National Safety Council and national nonprofit Shatterproof have collaborated with an independent research institution NORC at the University of Chicago to create a calculator that provides the cost of substance use in the workforce. See what opioid use is costing your company.
Resources to help your employees
Fight the stigma.
Let employees know that they can confidentially seek treatment without jeopardizing their jobs.
Take advantage of the EAP.
An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers counseling, information and support for all types of issues. It’s especially useful for managers to help with unfamiliar situations such as opioid misuse in the workplace.
Let your employees know the risks of opioids. Help educate them about other options for managing pain: occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral health treatment, acupuncture and massage.
Draft a written policy.
Your company’s legal department can assist with drafting a policy that addresses the use of prescribed opioids as well as the risks of opioid misuse in the workplace to help ensure employees are safe and healthy.
Conduct supervisory training.
Managers also need proper education and training about the resources available to help an employee who may be experiencing a personal or family problem involving opioids.
Print a handout for your office: Employer Handout.